UPDATE: Catfish Festival is ‘good to go’ in Hardeeville this weekend
Update: The Catfish Festival is “good to go” as scheduled this weekend, according to Hardeeville recreation director Addison Jarrell.
That fate of this weekend’s Hardeeville’s Catfish Festival was on hold as the effects of Hurricane Irma hit the county.
Hardeeville recreation director Addison Jarrell said on Saturday — as the storm approached — that a decision wasn’t going to be made until after the storm, which was after our print deadline.
“We don’t want to cancel it if we don’t have to,” Jarrell said. “It’s 50-50. It’s up in the air. It all depends on how much rain and wind we get.”
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The 43rd Annual Hardeeville Catfish Festival is tentatively set for Friday and Saturday and is to feature events for the entire family.
The festival’s activities planned for Sept. 8 and Sept. 9 were postponed. The 5K and Miss Hardeeville pageants will be rescheduled.
This year’s grand marshal is Patricia Stephens, a lifelong Hardeeville resident and past city council member.
“We are proud to have her as the grand marshal and thank her for all of her years of service to the community,” Deanne Spikes, Hardeeville Catfish Festival Chairperson said.
The Catfish Festival began in 1974 as a fundraiser by the Hardeeville Marine Rescue Squadron to help relieve costs and expenses of aiding the Coast Guard and the South Carolina and Georgia Departments of Natural Resources with search and rescue efforts. Since it began, the festival has turned into a volunteer-run nonprofit group and has moved from its first location of Millstone Landing to its current location of Main Street in Hardeeville behind the Hardeeville City Hall. The festival got its namesake thanks to the catfish being a native fish of both South Carolina and Georgia, one of the more popular fish that anglers seek in the Lowcountry.
The festival is a way to unify the community, Spikes said, with events such as the Miss Hardeeville pageant, the catfish tournament and a 5K walk/run. As scheduled, a lot is happening.
“We will have some great entertainment beginning on Friday night with Josh Thompson and then the Swinging Medallions will take the stage Saturday night from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m. followed by a fireworks show,” Spikes said.
If the schedule remains, the events kick off Friday as gates open at 6 p.m. with entertainment and a children’s parade. There will be arts and crafts vendors throughout both days of the festival. On Saturday, the events begin at 10 a.m. with a parade and opening ceremonies to follow around noon. Other events include local music and a cornhole tournament as well.
“We want everyone to come out and enjoy all the events we have planned for this year’s festival,” Spikes said. “We are excited for all of the events, including rides and entertainment, food and crafts.”
Fun weekend of events
Friday, Sept. 15
6 p.m. Gates open (Rides/Vendors)
6:30 p.m- Chyann Rose
7 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Children’s Parade
7:15 p.m. -8:15 p.m. - Brian Fuller
8:30 p.m.- 10 p.m. - Josh Thompson
Saturday, Sept. 16
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Grand Parade
12 p.m. - Registration for Corn Hole Tournament
12 p.m. - 12:3 p.m. - Opening Ceremonies
12 p.m. - 3 p.m. Music and ceremonies
1 p.m. -Corn Hole tournament
3 p.m. -4 p.m. Parade
4 p.m. -5:30 p.m. Goin to the Dogs
6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. JB Crockett
8 p.m. - 10 p.m. Swingin’ Medallions
10 p.m -Fireworks