Everyone had a blast at 37th
Loris Bog-Off Festival
Photo by Jennifer Boyd
Ronald Ward, right, won the Loris Bog-Off Festival Chicken Bog Cooking Contest. Douglas Doyle, left, won 1st Runner-Up and the People’s Choice Award.
By Jennifer Boyd
It is rare to catch a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the hard work and planning required to put on an event as big as the Loris Bog-Off.
This amazing event, which has been an annual event for the city of Loris for 37 years, had something for everyone. Great weather, awesome entertainment, a children’s play area and of course the world famous chicken bog that has placed Loris on the culinary map for many years. The Loris Chamber of Commerce, who has been planning the Loris Bog-Off for each of the past 37 years, should be extremely proud of this event that ushered over 25,000 people into the city of Loris.
Samantha Ward Norris, executive director of the Loris Chamber of Commerce, said, “We felt having the Loris Bog-Off this year meant our community, for a brief moment, could enjoy themselves after Hurricane Matthew and the devastation it left behind. Many were without power for over a week and our neighbors are now experiencing terrible flooding. It was important to give Loris and neighboring communities a day of fun and allow them a moment to get their minds off the remnants of the hurricane.”
The children’s area was equipped with pony and camel rides, a red train, a dunking tank provided by the Loris Fire Department, a talking elephant named “Peanut” that the newly crowned Teen Miss Loris Bog-Off Deegan Hudson made come to life, a petting zoo, massive slides and a jumping area, face painters and lots of balloons for sale.
Music and entertainment were also a huge hit at last Saturday’s Loris Bog-Off Festival. Big-Bam-Boom played at the Courtyard on Main, The Charlie Floyd Band and Old Southern Moonshine Revival played on the main stage. Children of all ages also performed during the day. Many sang, danced and performed cheers to a crowd that was, at times, on their feet dancing and clapping.
Ronald Ward won the Loris Bog-Off Cooking Contest and Douglas Doyle won 1st runner-up and the People’s Choice Award. Gage Conner won the Junior Chicken Clucking Contest and his father, Nick Conner, won the Adult Chicken Clucking Contest. The Conner family must pass down their chicken clucking skills to each new generation!
Craig Russ, the program director at iHeartMedia, Inc., was a wonderful master of ceremonies during the day’s events on the main stage. His humor and professionalism were an added bonus for a day that ended on a perfect note.
Old Southern Moonshine Revival, the headliner country music band, tore down the house with their performance. Everyone in the crowd had their dancing shoes on and danced the night away under the blanket of stars above Loris. As soon as they sang their last song, a wonderful fireworks extravaganza blew the night away, ending what most would consider a perfect ending to a perfect day.
Legacy program will
The Horry County Board of Architectural Review’s Legacy Business Recognition Program will recognize WF Cox, Wolpert’s Department Store and Loris Drug Store on Oct. 21 with ribbon cutting ceremonies. A ceremony will be held at WF Cox at 10 a.m., Wolpert’s Department Store at 10:30 a.m., and Loris Drug Store at 11 a.m. The ceremonies are free and open to the public.
The family-owned and operated WF Cox was opened in 1953. Steve Cox is the owner and a strong supporter of the community. His motto is “We live here, we work here” and treats customers like family, offering floor covering and major appliances throughout Horry, Marion, Columbus and Brunswick Counties.
Bernard and Katie Wolpert immigrated from Russia to New York. A cousin who lived in Whiteville, N.C., convinced the couple to move to Loris, where they opened Wolpert’s Department Store in 1938. The Wolperts, with the help of their son Robert, owned the business until 1992 when it was purchased by the current owner, Gene Mills.
The first drug store in Loris was known as Loris Drug Store. The business has been in Singleton Bailey’s family since 1947, with his father working there several years prior.
The Horry County Legacy Business Recognition Program pays tribute to local businesses that have contributed to the economic heritage of Horry County for more than 50 continuous years.
WF Cox is located at 3959 Main St. Loris, Wolpert’s Department Store is located at 4111 Main St. Loris and Loris Drug Store is located at 4125 Main St. Loris.
For more information, contact Mary Catherine Hyman, senior planner with Horry County Planning & Zoning at 843-915-5340.
Congratulations all pageant winners
We would like to congratulate our new Miss Loris Bog-Off Festival titleholders that were crowned this past Saturday at Loris High School. Miss Loris Bog-Off Festival Nyjah Asbury, Miss Loris Bog-Off Festival Teen Deegan Hudson, Young Miss Loris Bog-Off Festival Kellan Fenegan and Junior Miss Loris Bog-Off Festival Gabrielle Grayson. Savannah Turner received the Diamond Award sponsored by Coastal Performing Arts Center located in Loris for Overall Talent. Photogenic Winner for Junior through Miss Divisions was Raganlynn Dennis. Deegan Hudson was also named Miss Loris Bog-Off Festival Ambassador which is a title that is awarded for showing the most diligence and support for the pageant through fundraising efforts. The Miss crown and sash was sponsored by A-Plus Auto Sales located in Longs.
Little Miss Loris Bog-Off Festival is Macy Bellamy, Tiny Miss Loris Bog-Off Festival is Addison Todd, Wee Miss Loris Bog-Off Festival and Photogenic Winner for Baby through Little Miss Divisions is Paisley Floyd. Mini Miss Loris Bog-Off Festival is Arlee Harrelson, Baby Miss Loris Bog-Off Festival is Marlee Long and the Miss Loris Bog-Off Festival Ambassador is Makynlynn Cox. We would like to thank all the contestants and their support teams for making this a fantastic pageant.
Huge thanks to our volunteers, Kayla Hardee, Alicia Vaught, Judy Cox, Jennifer Boyd, Angie Gattis and Billie Dorsch. Special thanks to our sponsors A-Plus Auto Sales and Coastal Performing Arts. Ava Norris from Coastal Performing Arts for choreographing the opening number and former Miss Loris Bog-Off Festival Teen Blair Gasque for choreographing the physical fitness routine. Also, Shannon McCormick for designing the pageant program. CMMS Studio for being the official photographers for the pageant.
We are looking forward to a wonderful year with all our new titleholders.
SHOP LORIS FIRST!
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