Arts and Culture

Shani Gilchrist



Friendliness, arts and crafts abound at the Colonial Cup

Posted 11/8/2012 12:24:00 PM

Two of South Carolina’s most widely known equestrian events occur in Camden in the spring and the fall. In the spring more than 65,000 people flock to the Springdale racetrack decked out in seersucker and Lilly Pulitzer for the Carolina Cup. In November, however, the Marion DuPont Scott Colonial Cup brings in the true fans, who dress for the paddock and bring the family out for steeplechases, Jack Russell Terrier races, opportunities to salute and thank our military, and fun all around.

Having attended both events over the years, I find the Colonial Cup to be particularly special. There is a conviviality that warms the cool November air and gives a visitor a true sense of this small town just off of Interstate 20. This friendliness and openness is surely what has kept seasonal travelers and horse lovers from the Northeast coming back for decades.

If you have an eye for artistry, you won’t want to miss it this one of kind fall event . Included in the day’s events is the Paddock Shoppes retail village, which offers the opportunity to purchase handmade jewelry, wood-carvings, works of art, and even clothing to keep you warm on race day. Camden is known to be a haven for fine antiques, and the retail village does not disappoint.

Click here to purchase tickets and parking spaces. Plan your tailgate well, but be sure to leave room in your trunk for some of the arts and crafts that you will surely bring home!