In its 39th 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 2018 Striped Bass Festival Pageant date is Saturday, March 17th and will take place at Weldon Auditorium. Winners will be announced after the pageant.
The festival weekend will kick off on Friday, April 20, 2018, 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 21st 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 Santee Cooper Open Team Fishing Tournament on Saturday, April 21, 2018 will start at safelight at the John C. Land Landing and the weigh-in beginning at 3:00 pm.
The Billie S. Fleming Sr. Protective Services Center (City of Manning Fire Department) will have their doors open for everyone to view the artwork submitted into the Striped Bass Festival Student Art Show. The masterpieces on display are from children in all schools in Clarendon County.
For additional information, please contact the Clarendon County Chamber of Commerce.