SC loves its sweet potatoes three times over
Posted 4/25/2013 11:57:00 AM
As a youngster, I could never seem to develop a taste for sweet potatoes. I know, sounds crazy, but I liked my sweet sweet and my savory savory. Of course, this was before I discovered sweet potato fries … and salted caramel.
Even though North Carolina grows the most sweet potatoes of any state in the U.S., South Carolina has at least three festivals celebrating the sweet spud.
The first one each year is the Lower Richland Sweet Potato Festival
on April 27.
The free event starts at 11 a.m. and includes local crafters, praise dancers, music, step teams, carnival rides and, of course, a sweet potato pie contest. Call the Hopkins Adult Activity Center at (803) 776-2778 for more information.
The second one is the longest-running festival in Darlington County
. Since 1983, the square in Darlington has been home to the South Carolina Sweet Potato Festival, which attracts more than 17,000 visitors each year. There are plenty of games for the kids, crafts, music, a car show and, of course, sweet potato pie. The free event is sponsored by the Pilot Club of Darlington and is held the second Saturday in October. Call (843) 393-3526 for more information.
Just a week later is the Midland Valley Area Sweet Potato Festival
. Arts and crafts booths line the streets of this Aiken County community and there are carnival rides for the children and, you guessed it, plenty of sweet potato pie. This festival has been going on since 1995 and raises money for community improvements.