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In its 40th year, the Clarendon County Striped Bass Festival is “THE BIGGEST.” The Festival is a celebration of spring, a tribute to the beauty of our county, and a special salute to the Striped Bass, which put the Santee Cooper Lakes–Marion and Moultrie–and Clarendon County on the fishing map of the world.

The Striped Bass Festival is a fitting, fun way to bring together the citizens of our county and the many great visitors who attend each year.

Each April in Clarendon County, Mother Nature puts on a show that's hard to beat. Azalea, wisteria, iris, tulips, geranium, roses, gladiola and more are in full bloom, making Clarendon County a visual treasure.

The Striped Bass Festival complements the natural beauty of our area with a fishing tournament, dances, a parade, boating events and a host of other activities. The 2019 Striped Bass Festival Pageant date is Saturday, March 30th and will take place at Weldon Auditorium. Winners will be announced after the pageant.

The Santee Cooper Open Team Fishing Tournament on Saturday, April 20, 2019 will start at safelight at the John C. Land Landing and the weigh-in beginning at 3:00 pm.

The festival weekend will kick off on Friday, April 26, 2019, with a Street Dance and carnival rides.  Several vendors will be in the area with children's games and food.

The "Super Saturday" will begin on April 27tht with a "Home Town" parade at 10:00 a.m. The parade will travel down Brooks Street and Boyce Street. After the parade, enjoy the craft, food and information vendors to purchase items, consume festival food and receive information about different organizations throughout the county.

The Striped Bass Festival Student Artwork will be on display in local businesses from April 19th to May 1st.  We will announce the school on display and locations closer to time. 

We encourage you to follow us on Facebook for daily updates on the festival!  We are looking forward to a great festival and celebrating 40 years!

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