13th Annual SwampFest – A Fall Celebration of People and Nature in Lower Richland – Millennium Magazine Columbia SC News

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Published on September 8th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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13th Annual SwampFest – A Fall Celebration of People and Nature in Lower Richland

Pictured; R&B legend Lenny Williams

Friday, October 2, 2015 and Saturday, October 3, 2015

The 13th Annual SwampFest will be held on Friday, October 2, 2013, and Saturday, October 3, 2015.  The ever popular SwampFest is a unique two-day opportunity to celebrate the rich heritage of Lower Richland County.

Evening of BBQ, Blues & Jazz

Friday, October 2nd  – 7:00 PM 

Historic Harriet Barber House – 116 Barberville Loop – Hopkins, SC 29061

(Lower Richland Boulevard off Garners Ferry Road)

Back by popular demand, R&B legend Lenny Williams,  soulful singer Carlos Santan of Atlanta, GA,  Second Nature (Top 40 Band & Show) of Camden, SC, local icon Chef Fatback and The Groove Band, and The James Brown Soul Experience – Featuring Lisa Haynes & Jesse “James Brown” Sumter. Tickets for this fundraiser are $20.00 until September 15, and include admission, food and entertainment ($25.00 – day of event). A Cash Bar will offer wine, beer & beverages. V.I.P. packages are also available. All proceeds will benefit SERCO’s educational component.

SwampFest at the Congaree

Saturday, October 3rd – 11:00 AM

Old Mount Moriah Yard – 1001 Old Bluff Road, Hopkins, SC 29061

Congaree National Park – 100 National Park Drive, Hopkins, SC 29061

SwampFest at the Congaree will take place in two locations – The Congaree National Park and the “Yard” of Old Mt. Moriah.  Activities will run throughout the day, offering FREE admission and a great opportunity for visitors to experience the richly diverse culture of the Lower Richland Heritage Corridor. FREE parking will be available near the Old Mount Moriah festival site, with some limited free parking in the Congaree National Park. FREE shuttle buses will carry visitors to/from the festival site and the national park.

The opening ceremony will be presented by the Lower Richland Veterans Formation. A wide array of artists will include new performers: Atlas Road Crew (A.R.C.), recently voted Wild Wing’s top “Red Hot & Rising Stars,” the Beulah Boys of Atlanta, and Sumter Tribe of Cheraw Indians. Joining them will be the Drumming Brothers, and singers Kaize Adams, Katrina Blanding, Melodic Hearts, and Frances Marion YGB Gospel Choir. Exciting NEW features this year draw audience participation: 1st ever Lower Richland All-Area Jubilee Choir and SwampGong! Other activities presently include children’s carnival, wagon rides, guided tours of Congaree National Park, SwampFest Youth Art Contest, and food vendors.

No matter the age or interest, there are activities for everyone!

Bring your family and friends and enjoy a day out in Lower Richland County.

The full schedule of events will be available on the park’s website at www.nps.gov/cong and at the official SwampFest site: www.congareeswampfest.com – check often for updates!  SwampFest is sponsored by SERCO and the Richland County Hospitality Tax Fund. Please call (803) 261-5596, to reserve tickets; obtain further information, schedule a press interview, become a vendor; or e-mail sercoevents@gmail.com.

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