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Variety of festivals held around the state this month

July 7, 2014

By Stephanie Turner, Aiken Standard, S.C.

July 07--The weekend of fireworks and cookouts may behind most of us for another year, but that doesn't mean the summer's festivities are over.

Throughout this month alone, cities throughout the state are hosting festivals, tournaments and much more. For more information on the state's events, visit


Aiken Music Fest, Aiken

Upcoming locally is the Aiken Music Fest.

This debut festival will be on Saturday and will feature live music by Preston and Weston featuring Sandra Simmons, Mike Frost Band, Anybody's Guess, Palmetto Groove, All Bets R Off, Celia Gary and Bogie.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 803-649-3505.

For more information on upcoming Aiken events, visit or call 803-293-7846.

Listed below are just some of the other festivals happening in South Carolina:

Wednesday, July 9 through Saturday July 12

MegaDock Billfishing Tournament, Charleston

Fish for marlin and more during this annual fishing tournament at the Charleston Marina's Megadock. Fishing experts and vendors will be on-site.

Awards for "top billfish release points, heaviest meat fish, youth anglers and lady anglers" will be awarded on the festival's last day, July 12.

Money raised through the tournament will go toward local and national charities. For more information or to register, visit or call 843-278-4920.

Thursday, July 10 through Saturday, July 12

South Carolina Festival of Discovery, Greenwood

This annual festival in Uptown Greenwood has amusement rides, barbecue from national cooks, arts and crafts and non-stop blues music. Sponsored by the Uptown Greenwood Development Corporation, there is no gate fee. The festival will run from Thursday to Saturday.

For more information, visit or call 864-942-8448.

Saturday, July 12 through Sunday, July 27

Beaufort Water Festival, Beaufort

This festival full of sailing, arts and crafts, sports tournaments, music and dancing has been ongoing since May. Some events require registration and applicable fees. The last day will be July 27. For more information, call 843-524-0600 or visit

Friday, July 18 through Saturday, July 19

Pageland Watermelon Festival, Pageland

Noted for its watermelon culture, this rural town will celebrate its annual festival from July 18 to July 19. The festival will feature arts and crafts, food vendors, a magic show, amusement rides, a talent show and fireworks.

Certain aspects like the Melon Mile 5K walk/run require registration and/or applicable fees. For more information, visit or call 843-672-6400.

Thursday, July 24 through Sunday, July 27

Gratifly Music and Arts Festival, Westminster

For four days, this South Carolina city will be taken over by non-stop music and art. Panels and workshops will also occur. Tickets are $159. For more information, visit or call 864-647-5316.

Friday, July 25 through Saturday, July 26

Blythewood "Doko" Rodeo, Blythewood

This two-day festival will feature live music by Trent Jeffcoat and Dallas Reese, rodeo, food vendors and rides. Tickets are $15 at the gate, $5 for ages 6 to 12 and free for ages 5 and younger. For more information, visit or call 803-754-0501.

Stephanie Turner graduated from Valdosta State University in 2012. She then signed on with the Aiken Standard, where she is now the arts and entertainment reporter.


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