Lake City celebrates agricultural history with 64th annual festival

November 11, 2018

Carnival rides were set up in the Pee Dee Thrift parking lot this weekend for the South Carolina Tobacco Festival in Lake City.

LAKE CITY, S.C. – The rescheduled South Carolina Tobacco Festival was held Friday and Saturday in Lake City.

The event, hosted by the Greater Lake City Chamber of Commerce, was postponed this summer because of Hurricane Florence.

This year’s festival featured a performance by Diverse Groove on Friday night on the Village Green. Local karate, dance and school groups were scheduled to perform on Saturday on the East Main Green, in addition to the return of the Eastern South Carolina Mustang Club Car Show. Vendors and carnival rides were featured on both days of the festival.

Dan E. Lockemy hosted Friday’s activities and paid tribute to Greg Moore, a past president of the chamber, who died last year.

“Naturally, many of you who have enjoyed the South Carolina Tobacco Festival for years and years – we’re missing one individual, one energetic guy who was one of the backbones, and I mean one of the driving forces, behind this wonderful festival,” Lockemy said. “And tonight we’re missing Greg Moore.”

Lockemy said Moore’s energy, vitality and effort to make the South Carolina Tobacco Festival one of the best festivals in the state lives on in everyone who attends.

State Rep. Roger K. Kirby spoke Friday night at the festival about how South Carolina is still driven by its agricultural economy. The festival is a reflection of Lake City’s, and the state’s, agricultural history. Typically, the festival would feature heritage games, to showcase tobacco traditions.

“It just says so much for this community, for the chamber of commerce, for our community leaders to remember that agriculture drives South Carolina’s economy,” Kirby said.

Greater Lake City Chamber of Commerce executive director Mary Kelley said this year’s festival was abbreviated because of the date change.

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