49th Okra Strut this weekend

The Lexington Medical Center’s Irmo Okra Strut Festival has been an annual event for 49 of the last 50 years.

What started as a way for the Lake Murray-Irmo Woman’s Club to raise money for a new library, has turned into a two-day event featuring a Friday evening street dance, a Saturday morning parade, plus arts and crafts; rides and amusements; live bands and entertainment on Saturday as well as lots of festival food.

Attendance for the celebration averages around 25,000. Money raised by the festival is put back into the community through charitable contributions to local civic and school organizations, for scholarships and improvements of public areas. Admission to the event is free.

This year’s musical headliners will be The L.A. Maybe and The Terence Young Music Project Friday night with The Reggie Sullivan Band and The Spin Doctors on Saturday night.

The Okra Strut Festival is hosted by the Town of Irmo and is managed by the town council and the Okra Strut Commission. Throughout the Festival, there will be performers around the park. For more information visit www.okrastrut.com.

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