Ray is Grand Champion
Photo by Polly Lowman
Jerry Ray of Aynor has competed in the Loris Bog-Off Cooking Contest since 1986. This year he was named the Grand Champion.
By Mikaella Antonio
What does Jerry Ray love about cooking for the Bog-Off? “Winning.”
Ask it of a prize-winning fisherman or of a spelling-bee contestant and you might get a similar answer. Loris is the self-proclaimed “Chicken Bog Capital of the World,” which is the reason behind Ray’s nickname, “the King of Chicken Bog.” This is a title that he’s proud of. There is a “prestige to it.”
Ray, a resident of Aynor, has competed in the annual Loris Bog-Off Cooking Contest since 1986, when he was named the seventh winner. This thirty-fifth year of the festival, he was named the first Grand Championship winner (over all previous winners) and earned the People’s Choice Award.
What makes his recipe special is lots and lots of practice – fifty years to be exact. The basic stuff is chicken, rice, sausage and pork, but the Grand Champion’s recipe wins because of secrets he learned from his mother, Lorene Ray. However, he says, “The skill part – that comes from God.” Of his winnings ($2,250), Ray will give ten percent to his church, Aynor First Baptist.
Ray is the owner of Ray’s Garden Spot, a greenhouse retail center located in Aynor. He cooks his winning recipe at big church events and at Easter, feeding an estimated two hundred and fifty people.
Festival is termed a success
The 35th Annual Loris Bog-Off Festival is in the history book as another great and successful festival for the city of Loris.
We would like to thank all of our sponsors, volunteers, law enforcement and city employees who helped us make it a safe and successful event. The festival began at 9 a.m. with the aroma of chicken bog and over 200 vendors lining the streets. Festival-goers started filling the city of Loris throughout the day to enjoy great entertainment, a car show, the carnival and of course chicken bog.
Marking the 35th year the past chicken bog cooking contest winners returned vying for the ultimate bragging rights of becoming the Grand Champion of the Loris Bog-Off Festival famous cooking contest. Congratulations to Jerry Ray of Aynor for winning this prestige award along with being named the People’s Choice Winner. The Loris Bog-Off Festival also held its regular chicken bog cooking contest. James McCormick of Surfside Beach took home the prize money and trophy for the best bog with Gordan Best of Loris and Ron Ward of Conway tying for runner-up. Terry Watts claimed the People’s Choice Winner in this competition. Close to 40,000 people visited the festival throughout the day, marking it the largest attendance to date. The festival continued into the night with a concert by the Josh Brannon Band and closing the night with an amazing show performed by David Fanning. We hope everyone that attended had a great time and will join us for the 36th Annual Loris Bog-Off Festival scheduled for the third Saturday in October.
Horry County Council, in conjunction with Keep Horry County Beautiful and numerous partners, will host a countywide, volunteer litter cleanup event on Saturday, Nov. 8, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. The event will feature 11 locations around the county where volunteers can choose to participate. Sign-in at each location will begin at 8:30 a.m. with roadside pickup to begin at 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Volunteers are invited to a post celebration party at the Myrtle Beach Speedway from 12 p.m. until 3 p.m. The litter collected at the various locations around the county will be transported to and displayed at the Speedway. There will be food, prizes, entertainment and much more!
Preregistration is highly encouraged and available on the Horry County website: www.horrycounty.org. Volunteers may follow the link to preregister online or may download the preregistration form and mail it to Nancy Tindall, Horry County Planning and Zoning, 1301 2nd Ave., Conway, S.C. 29526. The public is invited to participate as well as church groups, civic organizations, community associations, local businesses, etc. Come out and show your support for a cleaner Horry County!
Halloween hours for the city of Loris will be on Friday, Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m.
The Loris Christmas Parade is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 6, at 11 a.m. Applications are now available.
Thank you for supporting our local merchants and remember to SHOP LORIS FIRST!
Tracy COLLINS of the Loris Library promoting upcoming events... Mayor David STOUDENMIRE up and out early to help with festival preparations before the events began... Great addition to the Loris Drug Store of that neat soda fountain Singleton and Miles BAILEY... Congratulations to Jerry RAY of Aynor on winning the grand prize for his chicken bog last Saturday at the Bog-Off Festival and his wife so excited about it!!! It is always great to talk with Judy COX on special visits to Loris... Lynn and Paul NORTHRUP greeting longtime former neighbors during the festival... We really appreciate all you do Samantha NORRIS for the local businesses and the great job you do for the Chamber of Commerce... Congratulations to the Loris Chamber of Commerce on the 2014 Loris Bog-Off Festival being one of the best ever... Great job to the Loris Lions varsity football team on staying undefeated this year... Mt. Vernon Baptist Church will be holding its Fall Festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, with food, inflatables and face painting... Melissa JAMES and Stephanie Strickland CARROLL will celebrate their birthdays on Saturday, Oct. 25... Hannah Christian INMAN, LaRinda MASSEY, Crystal SUKALSKI and Kim McLauchlin SHELLEY are all enjoying their birthdays on Monday, Oct. 27... Shamaria MILLIGAN will be having her birthday on Tuesday, Oct. 28... Makenna COOPER and Jessica LeAnn BENTON are looking forward to their birthdays on Wednesday, Oct. 29... Polly LOWMAN, Doris TYLER and Robyn LOWMAN enjoying spending time Saturday at the Loris Bog-Off... Happy 29th birthday Luke JOHNSON... Charlee JOHNSON spending weekend with Grandma Carol celebrating birthday for two days...