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Heritage Festival draws hundreds to Venters’ Landing

Shamira McCrayMay 18, 2019

JOHNSONVILLE, S.C. – Hundreds of people filled the Venters’ Landing area in Johnsonville Friday evening for the annual Heritage Festival at the River.

Food, clothing and craft vendors lined the space along with a bounce house, rock wall and other activities for children.

D.J. Dan E. Lockemy hosted Friday’s festivities. He started the festival with a tribute to fallen Florence officers Farrah Turner and Terrence Carraway who died following an ambush in October.

The Josh Brannon Band performed Friday following the national anthem and an invocation.

Festival organizers said 34 decorated cakes were entered in this year’s cake-baking contest. Six people judged the cakes, but as of press time, the winners had not been announced. Monetary prizes will be given to the winners:

>> First place – $300

>> Second Place – $200

>> Third Place – $ 100

Cakes were to be auctioned off after judging.

An Anything Rice contest was also held on Friday. Tents were set up on the lawn where people cooked and associated with each other. As of press time, the winners of the Anything Rice contest were also not announced.

Lockemy is also set to emcee the event today. The festival will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and include free canoe, kayak and pontoon board rides, free face painting by Ha-Ha the Clown, a balloon artist and the Palmetto Cruisers Car, Truck and Bike Show.

There will be live music, a barbecue chicken cook-off, militia soldiers, vendors and games, among several other activities.

More information about the festival can be found at johnsonvilleheritagefestival.com.

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