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LEFT: BRETT MOIST PHOTOGRAPHY
E X PLOR E
PEE DEE
COUNTRY
Can’t Miss
Events
APRIL
ArtFields, Lake City
artfieldssc.org
Vote for your favorite artworks
at this 10-day celebration of art.
MAY
Taste of Hartsville, Hartsville
hartsvillechamber.org
Foodies flock to this popular
event for local cuisine, craft drinks
and live entertainment.
SEPTEMBER
Bojangles’ Southern 500,
Darlington
darlingtonraceway.com
Experience the thrill of the
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as the
best drivers in the world
go head-to-head.
OCTOBER
By Gray Bostick
RACE
Affectionately known as “The
Lady in Black,” respectfully
as “The Track Too Tough to
Tame” and now the site of the
fan-favorite annual retro NASCAR “Throwback Weekend,”
Darlington Raceway was also
NASCAR’s first super-speedway. 2020 marks the 71st running of The Southern 500,
one of racing’s crown jewels.
CREATE
Art and design—and a love of
both!—are alive and thriving
as evidenced by ArtFields,
the nationally-recognized and
increasingly-popular annual
arts exhibit and competition
held each spring in Lake City,
as well as the amazing creations
to be found in the renowned
topiary gardens of Bishopville
native Pearl Fryar.
SNACK
Let the promise of the sweet
aroma of a traditional treat
lure you along The South
Carolina Pecan Trail in
Florence, where nearly two
dozen establishments offer up
unique dishes and beverages,
from entrées to martinis, as
well as shopping opportunities
spotlighting this savory Southern specialty.
GROW
The agrarian history of the Pee
Dee is preserved at the Cotton
Museum and the Tobacco
Museum, where past methods
and means of producing these
crops are on display. The Pee
Dee State Farmers Market in
Florence allows local producers to continue the tradition
of growing the finest fruits
and vegetables available.
PADDLE
Follow the path of The Swamp
Fox, General Francis Marion,
in the Pee Dee. The impact of
the region’s swampy terrain
and natural waterways is spotlighted by trips along the Revolutionary Rivers Trail. Also
enjoy nature at your own leisure during a paddle through
Lee State Park and Little Pee
Dee State Park.
South Carolina Sweet Potato
Festival, Darlington
darlingtonsconline.com
This daylong extravaganza includes
kids’ games, crafts, live music and
plenty of sweet potato pie.
NOVEMBER
South Carolina Pecan
Festival, Florence
florencedowntown.com
Enjoy live entertainment and more
than 200 food and craft vendors.
Left: Darlington Raceway
Right: Schoolhouse Bar-B-Que
DiscoverSouthCarolina.com
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