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LAKESIDE LAKE SIDE L I F E O U T D O O R S F R O M WAT E R E E T O S A N T E E

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Pick your perfect summer Skip the trip to the grocery store and hand-pick fresh berries at local farms through August.

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about from the lake us PUBLISHER Vince Johnson EDITOR Kayla Green COPY EDITORS Rhonda Barrick Melanie Smith WRITERS Shelbie Goulding Sharron Haley Bruce Mills Melanie Smith Kareem Wilson PHOTOGRAPHY Micah Green PUBLICATION DESIGN Micah Green Janel Strieter

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on the cover Fien Scherders snacks on a strawberry in the patch at Dorr Farms in Gable. Photo by Micah Green

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Janel Strieter

talk to local farmers about high prices, and we sit down with the new golf pro at The Players Course at Wyboo. Lake Marion plays host to some of the best summer days out there, and marinas and landings have survived the pandemic and are ready to get you out on the water. Check inside for insight from marina owners and managers and for a list of public, unmanned ramps and access points to the lake. To ensure you’re properly packed up for a summertime trip, we meet the owners of Crossroads Outdoors in Bishopville, who offer great equipment without the need to make a big-box visit. And, of course, we’re ready for programs. Camp Happy Days is returning to Camp Bob Cooper along the shores of Lake Marion, and the fair is returning to Sumter County. Rejoice! And prepare for sticky cotton candy fingers. What’s your favorite thing to do over the summer? What are you looking forward to most? Let us know! Email me at kayla@theitem.com. I’d love to share what our friends and neighbors are getting into. Whatever your summertime pastime is, please enjoy it. We all deserve it.

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Holy heat, it’s hot. Remember last summer? When everything was closed, the virus squeezing us in its grip? While it cannot go unsaid that there is still much work to be done to rebuild and get many of our neighbors and the rest of the world back on track, this summer has more cause for celebration. We’re not back to normal. I’m not sure we want everything to go back to exactly the way it was before. However, I see a light at the end of the tunnel that was 2020, and in that light, I see gatherings with family and friends, and I see businesses regaining their foundation. I see people wanting and being able to move forward. I also see that mirrored inside these pages. Our summer issue is full of outdoor living. If you’re still focusing on home, we have some ideas on drought-resistant perennials that could be an easy and colorful addition to any home garden. For those wanting to get outside but keep some distance, berry season is in full swing, and there are a handful of local farms in our region that offer u-pick-em or pre-picked produce. I mean, if the cover of this magazine doesn’t get you wanting a cobbler or to eat berries picked straight from the field, I can’t help you. On the professional side of things, we


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Gardening that survives

Marinas and lakeside businesses are ready for your recreation on Lake Marion post-pandemic.

Back on the water

After an all-virtual camp in 2020, Camp Happy Days returns to Camp Bob Cooper.

Happy days on the way

The Sumter American Legion Fair returns this fall with more to see, ride and eat.

Bigger than before

Local farms offer berry picking for family fun all summer long.

A berry good summer

Farmers are trying to take advantage of high prices after a rough few years.

Hoping the heat holds off

As our climate warms, drought-tolerant perennials gain prominence.

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What to do & Where to go BERKELEY • CLARENDON KERSHAW • FLORENCE • RICHLAND ORANGEBURG • SUMTER

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Carolina Anglers Team Trail (CATT) Summer Final Tournament Enter one of the following qualifiers at Clearwater Cove Marina to be eligible: Saturday, June 12, qualifier three; Saturday, June 19, qualifier four; Saturday, June 26, qualifier five; or Saturday, July 10, qualifier six. The final will be held on Saturday, July 17. Call or email Brett Collins, tournament director, at (803) 413-7521 or catttrail1@ gmail.com. Visit https://www.cattteamtrail. com/divisions/catt-lake-wateree-opens/. Juneteenth Celebration The event will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 18, at Boykin Park, 1307 Broad St., Camden. Juneteenth (short for “June Nineteenth”) marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, in 1865 to ensure that all enslaved people be freed. Juneteenth, honoring the end to slavery in the United States, is considered the longest-running African-American holiday. Visit http://adgivens.com or call (803) 7137018. South Carolina Philharmonic Patriotic Performance, presented by The Arts Center of Kershaw County The event will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 22, at Shull Pavilion on

the Art Center’s campus, 810 Lyttleton St., Camden. General admission is $15. Call (803) 425-7676 or visit https://www. fineartscenter.org/.

RICHLAND/ LEXINGTON COUNTY Southeastern Piano Festival The event will be held June 12-20. The 2021 concert schedule is as follows: 6-8 p.m. Saturday, June 12, South Carolina Philharmonic Concert at the Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St., Columbia, tickets available at www. KogerCenterForTheArts.com; 4 p.m. Sunday, June 13, Rising Star Showcase: Avery Gagliano, winner of the 2019 National Chopin Piano Competition, at the Darla Moore School of Business, Johnson Performance Hall, 1014 Greene St., Columbia; 4:30 p.m. Monday, June 14, Piano X Presents: Leo Svirsky and Reinier Van Houdt, virtual performance, livestream only; 8 p.m. Monday, June 14, Piano X presents: The Concert Truck at Columbia Museum of Art Boyd Plaza; 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 15, SEPF Presents: SEPF Participants in Concert at Columbia Museum of Art Boyd Plaza; 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 15, Artist Showcase: Awadagin Pratt at the Darla Moore School of Business, Johnson

Performance Hall, 1014 Greene St., Columbia; 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 16, Piano X presents: SEPF Participants rock out PianoX project at Columbia Museum of Art Boyd Plaza; 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 16, Artist Showcase: Natasha Paremski at Moore School of Business, Johnson Performance Hall, 1014 Greene St., Columbia; 10 a.m.-noon Thursday, June 17, Marian Stanley Tucker Guest Lecture Series, Awadagin Pratt in Masterclass at USC School of Music Recital Hall; 4:30 p.m. Thursday, June 17, Conversation with Awadagin Pratt at USC School of Music Recital Hall; 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 17, Artist Showcase: Richard Goode at Darla Moore School of Business, Johnson Performance Hall; 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Friday, June 19, Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition at USC School of Music Recital Hall; 10 a.m.-noon and 3-5 p.m. Saturday, June 19, Guest Artist Masterclasses at USC School of Music Recital Hall; and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 19, Winners Recital at USC School of Music Recital Hall. Tickets for all concerts except the South Carolina Philharmonic can be obtained via http:// sepf.music.sc.edu/schedule/concert_ schedule/. Ag + Art Tour Richland County A self-guided tour of farms featuring local artisans, farmers' markets and live music will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 12, and 1-5 p.m. Sunday, June 13, at various

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SUMTER COUNTY Sumter County Museum book signings and author receptions 6 p.m. Thursday, June 17, a special themed book signing for “The Forgotten Kingdom” with Signe Pike, $20 for members and $25 for general public, signed paperback copy of the book included in ticket price and the first book in the series will also be available for purchase; 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 8, free book signing and reception with Dianna Rostad with hardback copies of her book “You Belong Here Now” available for purchase; and 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 15, book signing and reception for Kristin Harmel for her latest novel “The Forest of Vanishing Stars,” $30 for members and $35 for general public, signed copy of the book included in ticket price. Visit www. sumtercountymuseum.org or call (803) 775-0908. 23rd-Annual Black Cowboy Festival Friday-Saturday, July 30-31, at Greenfield Farm, 4585 Spencer Road, Rembert.

Featuring competitive rodeo events, demonstrations, music, line dancing, trail rides, entertainers, horseback rides, wagon rides, artifacts and food vendors, the festival is sure to provide adventure and fun for all attendees. For camper package or information, call (803) 499-9658. Visit www.blackcowboyfestival.net for schedule information. To purchase tickets, visit www. carolinaboxoffice.com. Annual Barbecue Cook-Off Benefiting the BSA of America The event will be held Friday-Saturday, Aug. 20-21, at the Sumter County Fairgrounds, 700 W. Liberty St. Wing ding will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday with barbecue tasting and competition being held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For information, call (803) 406-2177, visit www.sumterbbq. com or email affichesumtersc@gmail.com.

BERKELEY COUNTY 4th of July Fireworks Celebration The Town of Moncks Corner will hold its 4th of July fireworks celebration beginning at dusk on Saturday, July 3, at the Moncks Corner Regional Recreation Complex, 418 E. Main St. Fireworks can be viewed from your vehicle, or you can bring a blanket or lawn chairs to sit at Event Field, where there is plenty of room to gather and spread out. Do not bring alcohol, fireworks or grills. 4th of July Celebration The City of Goose Creek’s annual 4th of July celebration and fireworks display will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 4, at Goose Creek Municipal Center, 519 N. Goose Creek Blvd. This free event will feature music, food vendors and free activities for the kids. Safe social distancing will be enforced, and masks will be required in lines and where social distancing is not possible. Outside fireworks, sparklers and alcohol are prohibited.

ORANGEBURG COUNTY Annual Couples Golf Tournament The event will be held on Monday, June 21, at Lake Marion Golf Course, 9069 Old Number Six Highway, Santee, with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. Cost is $90 per team (two person), limited to first 50 paid teams. Fee includes golf range balls, tournament prizes and social following play. Call (803) 854-5360.

Elloree 4th of July Celebration The event will be held on Sunday, July 4, at Joe Miller Park, intersection of Main Street and Harlin Street, Elloree. Event will feature a picnic, patriotic program and fireworks. Call (803) 897-2821. Independence Day Celebration Springfield celebrates Independence Day beginning at 8 p.m. on Monday, July 5, at the ball field, Highway 3 Bypass, Springfield, with hot dogs, music and fireworks at dark. Call (803) 258-3764. SOUTH CAROLINA GUN AND KNIFE SHOWS Saturday-Sunday, June 12-13, South Carolina State Fairgrounds, 1200 Rosewood Drive, Columbia. Show hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10 per person and children age 12; under admitted free with paid adult. Parking is $5. Visit www.mkshows.com. Contact Mike Kent at (770) 630-7296 or email mike@mkshows.com. Saturday-Sunday, June 19-20, Piedmont Interstate Fairgrounds, 575 Fairgrounds Road, Spartanburg. Show hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $9 per person and children age 12; under admitted free with paid adult. Visit www.greatamericanpromotionsllc. com, call (865) 453-0074 or email mwxmarketing@aol.com. Saturday-Sunday, June 26-27, Western Carolina Fairgrounds, 1566 Columbia Highway North, Aiken. Show hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $9 per person and children age 12; under admitted free with paid adult. Visit Great American Promotions LLC at www.greatamericanpromotionsllc.com, call (865) 453-0074 or email mwxmarketing@ aol.com. Saturday-Sunday, July 10-11, Civic Center of Anderson, 3027 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Anderson. Show hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $9 per person; children age 12 and under admitted free with paid adult. Visit Great American Promotions LLC at www.greatamericanpromotionsllc.com, call (865) 453-0074 or email mwxmarketing@ aol.com. Full schedule at www.scgunshows.com.

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For the love of the game Words and photos by Bruce Mills

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he new head golf professional at The Players Course at Wyboo loves the game and thinks he’s “in the zone” – as they say – with his new position at the course near Lake Marion. Taylor Jones started his new gig in mid-April at The Players Course and shared recently that the people and the course’s characteristics are some of his favorite aspects of the job. Jones, 31, comes to Wyboo from Rock Harbor Golf Course in the Shenandoah Valley of northern Virginia, where he served as head golf professional for about a year. A lover of the outdoors in general, Jones said he is tickled pink with the move about 500 miles

south from the mid-Atlantic region to the warmth of the Palmetto State. A few years back, he attended the Professional Golfers Careers College in Bluffton and worked also at Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head in Beaufort County, and Jones said he loves the South Carolina weather. Regarding the 18-hole course nestled along the shores of Lake Marion, Jones likes the uniqueness of each hole at The Players Course and also the fast speed of the greens, he said. The course is built within the Wyboo Plantation neighborhood, bringing a lot of members with their own golf carts and different personalities out on the course, which can be fun to see. Most of the

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course’s 225 or so members are area residents or split the year with a lakeside home and another residence up north, he added. Jones also likes that the course is semi-private, which allows the membership and the public to come out and play. He said he thinks that aspect can help attract new members. The game of golf can bring out a variety of emotions in people, but he considers that part of a head golf professional’s role. “What I enjoy most is teaching people to fall in love with the game,” Jones said, “or, if they have fallen out of love with the game, to fall back in love with the game. The overall enjoyment that people get from coming out and playing golf is great to watch. People get to enjoy

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Recreation is getting back to normal on Lake Marion. Words by Sharron Haley

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It’s June. Time for some fun and sun on one of South Carolina’s favorite recreational venues – Lake Marion. COVID-19 wreaked havoc with businesses throughout the state, nation and world, including local businesses that derive their livelihood from the waters of Lake Marion. While COVID-19 slowed down recreational and angler activity on Lake Marion in 2020, 2021 looks like these businesses are headed for a great year for the folks who own businesses that are directly related to boating and recreational water activities.

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From the end of March through mid-April 2020, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster had an executive order in place closing all public access to waterways in the state, including boat ramps, landings, piers and docks. So far in 2021, folks are flooding to Lake Marion. They’re ready to get out of the house and back to what they love to do: fish, boat, swim and just float around on the water with their friends. Located on the northwest corner of Lake Marion lies Pack’s Landing, 9890 Pack’s Landing Road in Pinewood, a favorite spot

for both anglers and recreational boaters. “Last year, we were slow,” said manager Jim Whitaker. “This year, we’re doing fine.” Right now, fishing is great, according to Whitaker. While Pack’s caters more toward anglers, recreational boaters interested in the upper portion of Lake Marion launch from their marina as well. Pack’s Landing is open seven days a week from daylight to dark. Another entry point to the lake’s northern shores is Elliott’s Landing, 2010 Eliott’s Landing Road, Pinewood.


“During the shutdown, we had campers who just wanted to get away from town. They wanted to get outdoors and away from crowds,” said owner Alice Weathersbee. Elliott’s is a favorite spot for both recreational water enthusiasts and anglers as well as folks who love a good ‘ole crawfish boil. “We have Louisiana Red Crawfish,” Weathersbee added. “We started farming them in 1987. At first, we couldn’t get folks interested in them, but now they’re in high demand. We’re selling out every weekend.” Not all businesses were negatively impacted from COVID-19, including Carolina King Retreat and Marina, 2498 Belser Road, Summerton, which is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Office manager Virginia Stamey said they stayed pretty busy last year. Like other marinas up and down Lake Marion, Carolina King has a convenience store stocked with snacks as well as gas on hand for boats and vehicles.

Taw Caw Campground and Marina, 1328 Joyner Drive, Summerton, is also staying busy. Taw Caw is open seven days a week and offers boaters a variety of goods from its convenience store. The New Scarborough’s, 1326 Fowler Road, Summerton, has been remodeled. Along with a full-service landing, it features Lakeside Paradise Restaurant where folks can eat in or take out for a full day on the lake. Randolph’s Landing at the end of S.C. 260 south of Manning is looking a little different in 2021. The RV area has been improved, and the area around the convenience store has been changed. Located adjacent to the dam, anglers can be seen almost every day fishing from the pier at Randolph’s. With a convenience store and a restaurant nearby, Randolph’s is a favorite for anglers, particularly folks wanting to reel in those monster cats that Lake Marion is known for. Randolph’s also sponsors catfishing

tournaments throughout the year. Located nearby is Lakevue Landing, 1543 Camp Shelor Drive. Lakevue is a marina along with a restaurant and bar. Boaters and anglers can launch right at the eastern end of Lake Marion and right into some of the prime fishing holes.

Need a reason to visit? For a list of fishing tournaments on Lake Marion, call the Clarendon County Chamber of Commerce at (803) 435-4405 or go to www.clarendonchamber.net. For more information on the happenings as well as a list of marinas and campgrounds in and around Lake Marion, visit Santee Cooper Country, 9302 Old Number Six Highway in Santee, call them at (803) 854-2131 or go to www. santeecoopercountry.org.


Lake Marion's Camp Bob Cooper sees Camp Happy Days return Words by Shelbie Goulding

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larendon County residents will come together once again to celebrate a cost-free summer camp for children diagnosed with cancer and their families. With two split camping sessions, Camp Happy Days will return to Camp Bob Cooper this summer to provide its summer program after only providing a virtual camp last year amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “This year, we’re going to do two family camp sessions,” said Iain Riddle, camps and programs director with Camp Happy Days. “It’s going to be a little different, but we’re super excited about the opportunity.” With a mission to offer support and encouragement to children diagnosed with cancer and their families, Camp Happy Days provides year-round cost-free programs, events and access to crisis resources. Its goal is to improve the physical, emotional and psychological health of the entire family facing 14 JUNE - JULY - AUGUST 2021 | LAKESIDE

health this year following a rise in youth anxiety pediatric cancer, and what better way to do that and depression, Riddle said. than with a family camp this year? “We heard over the last year how important According to Riddle, the two camp sessions it is to get our kids back out in the swing of will run July 3-6 and July 7-10 with about 125 things for social skills-wise,” he said. “Families family members attending each session. really look to us for their everyday life decisions “Normally, we have around 270 kids come … They trust us for so much more than to camp, but what we’ve done, we’re looking at programming.” 50% capacity,” Riddle said, “and normally it’s just the children with cancer and the siblings.” Camp Happy Days is still taking applications for both family camp sessions. Families can Camp Happy Days created the family camp idea to allow parents to join their children this expect fun-filled activities as well as help with insurance and year to keep everyone budgeting, open safe and have parents “It’s going to be a little different, forums and other worry less with the resources for adult pandemic. but we’re super excited about family members. “We felt like families the opportunity.” could really use this Along with the two — Iain Riddle, camp sessions, the time to get away from Camps and programs director, Camp Happy Days Camp Happy Days everything crazy that’s going on in the world staff will also be reducing its numbers and just kind of get simple and have some fun at camp,” Riddle said. of volunteers following health and safety guidelines, Riddle said. “So much of what we deal with is having families Those who are unable to come this year can that are nervous with anything health-wise. We felt as though bringing the parents there will enroll in a virtual camp that coincides with the family camp sessions. This way, everyone can kind of help ease the minds of the parents and allow them to still be there and take care of the still participate, Riddle said. For more information or to apply, visit www. kids.” Along with their usual programs, Camp Happy camphappydays.org. Days will also be focusing on children’s mental

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“AS IS” This home is a farm house built in 1930 with a huge two acre lot. Pecan trees surround the lot. It has two wells and two septic tanks. At one time they had a mobile home on the two acre lot that used the second hook ups. It has a old barn that can be used for storage. This is a must see home.

Elizabeth Drive and S Dukes Street, Summerton SC $17,500 Wooded lot on the corner of Elizabeth Drive and S Dukes Street in Summerton. Lot is just on the other side of the town limits sign. $17,500

If you’ve been thinking of selling your property, or are looking to purchase a new property, give me a call. I’d love to help you maximize your investment!

4 bed, 2 bath split floor plan with 2 beds and a bath on either side of the house. Large yard on main Wyboo sleugh next to the campground. Home is being completely remodeled throughout, new paint, new floors, newly remodeled bathrooms. free super fast WIFI, Roku TV in den and kid’s room, w/d, coffee, microwave, toaster, blender, mixer. Private pier and launch ramp. Sleeps 10 (2K,1Q,4T).

1905 Clubhouse Road, Summerton $1,500 weekly This 3 bedroom, 2 bath home becomes a 4 bed, 3 bath when you add in the amazing apartment! Vaulted ceilings in the master bedroom. Separate apartment is perfect for those unexpected guests or inlaws, deck off of the sunroom, gazebo with dining for afternoon grilling, cement patio at the water and amazing sandy swimming area make this home. Home has washer & dryer, microwave, coffee maker. There are both charcoal and gas grills here, provide your own tank. Free WIFI!! Pet friendly up to 30 lbs and with a pet fee. Sleeps 10 (2K,3Q) $1,500 / week or $250 / night

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he Sumter American Legion Fair will return for its 104th year with rides, food and even more entertainment after COVID-19 canceled everything but the food last year. The fair, located at 30 S. Artillery Drive at the Sumter County Fairgrounds, will take place on Oct. 19-24 instead of its usual September timeline to allow for more rides and entertainment for its return, as well as stay cautious of the ongoing pandemic.

“We’re just happy we can do it,” Fair Manager Peter St. Onge said. “It’s a safe, family friendly event.” Sponsored by American Legion Post 15 Sumter and Piggly Wiggly, the fair will have 35 rides, more than 30 food vendors and about 70 commercial vendors returning to the fairgrounds. According to St. Onge, a whole section of the county fair will be dedicated to motocross entertainer Cycle Circus, the largest FMX

freestyle entertainment in the world today that combines action sports athletes with the theatrics of a cycle circus. The fair will also feature Rosaire’s Royal Racers, with three pig breeds racing at each 20to 30-minute show throughout the day. St. Onge said Amusements of America will return with its 35 full rides after being absent for a couple of years. In the past, the fair collaborated with Amusements of America for 60 years, but the dates didn’t match up in the

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“Coming back out to the fair gives them a sense of normalcy. It brings back a family environment and a local community environment. It just lets them know we’re still here for them.”

most recent years until now. The fair will also focus on children’s involvement by holding an art exhibit for local students and running a cattle barn with kidfriendly activities. “Tommy Newman and Brittany Stevens will be running the cattle barn this year,” St. Onge said. “They’re planning to bring back a lot of the categories that we haven’t had in years and expanding reach.” The fair will be reaching out to surrounding counties, such as Lee, Clarendon and Kershaw, to participate in the fair this year, bringing more spectators into Sumter. The cattle barn will also bring a taste of 4-H activities back, which will also bring in more people. “We’re going to have a horse show,” Stevens said. “Mainly for the

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kids, we’re going to have a costume contest. We’re going to have a lot of halter classes. Hopefully, we’ll have some of the draft horses.” St. Onge said the Sumter County fair’s full return will be a must-see event for families this year after so much was canceled last year due to the pandemic. “Coming back out to the fair gives them a sense of normalcy,” he said. “It brings back a family environment and a local community environment. It just lets them know we’re still here for them.” For more information, follow the fair’s Facebook page for giveaways and updates. People can also call (803) 775-5200 for more information.

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It’s that time of the year again for fruit fans to rejoice: the long-awaited pick-your-ownberries has arrived. As the crisp summer breeze and sunny days are finally here, farm fields are quickly turning black and purple with clusters of blueberries and blackberries. Berry picking has been one of the most popular outdoor recreational activities in the Midlands during the summer season. Though most may be sad to learn that pick-your-strawberries season is over, you still have the opportunity to pick some other juicy berries this summer. Whether you bake them in a pie, churn them into ice cream or pile them in a bowl and sprinkle them with sugar, the sweet flavor of a freshly picked bursting berry will bring huge crowds out this summer. For many, you don’t have to go far to spend sunny days picking juicy, ripe berries with family and friends with these local farms.

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SUMTER COUNTY Dorr Farms 5225 Dorr Acres Road in Gable After marrying, Marie and Maynard Dorr started the small family farm in 1991. The one-acre garden quickly expanded to the now 10-acre garden with two acres of strawberries and one acre of blueberries and blackberries. Located on the edge of Sumter and Clarendon County, the farm is a fan favorite attraction for pickers to enjoy a taste of the rural part of the county. Dorr said the farm always sees swarms of visitors on the weekends and speculated they could see more as blueberries start ripening. Visitors can start picking their own blueberries in June, and it will last through the last week in August. Besides berries, the farm also grows a wide variety of farm-fresh foods, including squash, zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes, sweet corn, sweet potatoes, broccoli, collards, beans, red potatoes, watermelon

and sweet onions. They also sell pure raw honey and honey-based products. The Dorrs started the Sumter Farmers Market in 2017 at USC Sumter as a way for local farmers and vendors to sell their produce and products. The farm is Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. The farm is open for school trips, private groups and all ages. Besides picking, people can also enjoy playing with the farm animals or enjoy the calm nature scenery. For more information about scheduling or questions, call (803) 495-2639. Hilton Farms 2691 Wedgefield Road in Sumter Located a few miles from the heart of Sumter, Hilton Farms produces certified organic ‘Heaven on a Hill’ blueberries. You may pick your own blueberries and your own pecans or purchase the already-gathered items. Besides blueberries, the farm produces paper shell pecans and coastal Bermuda hay.


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Nestled right off Highway 176 down Hickory Bluff Lane, Walter and Cathy Earley’s Hickory Bluff Berry Farm is open for berry season. This 100-plus-arce parcel is home to a produce market, a wide array of garden plants and, of course, the option to pick your own strawberries, blueberries and blackberries. Visitors can stroll through the gardens and enjoy the farm’s broad selection of fresh produce, jams, honey, cut flowers and other products. The farm expects to have pre-picked blueberries and blackberries in June. The farm also has a roadside stand where

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ORANGEBURG COUNTY Hinnant Farm 205 Hinnant Road in Eutawville Three miles west off the town of Eutawville on Highway 6 lies one of the county’s only U-Pick farms for blackberries or blueberries. This summer will be a busy time at Hinnant Farm as visitors will come to pick their own strawberries, blackberries and blueberries. Visitors can also purchase more of the farm’s produce, including peaches, corn, pumpkins and sweet peaches. The farm is also open for U-Pick and We-Pick for sweet corn and other vegetables this season from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, contact owners Virginia or Ken Hinnant at (803) 492-3788.

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1. Corn …………. $218.2M 2. Soybeans ……… $113.4M 3. Cotton ………… $94.2M 4. Peanuts …....…. $58.3M 5. Wheat ………… $23M Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture

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people do not always understand that big picture when they hear that prices are going up. Then, a very dry April and a projection for a hot and dry June created big concerns for corn yields. A long-time farmer with about 2,000 acres in the Rembert/Stateburg/Dalzell areas of northern Sumter County, James said it has been an unfortunate set of recent circumstances. “In the big picture, the farmer is coming off four or five, more or less, lean years,” James said. “Then as soon as the prices look good – like he might come out of the hole – the inputs increase in price and the dry weather comes in.” A good rain can change a farmer’s perspective, though, and James was hoping for that by early June.

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He said he finds it’s best not to put a lot of weight in long-term weather forecasts, such as 30-day outlooks or longer. “The weatherman can’t seem to predict the weather and what’s going to happen in two or three days,” James said, “so I don’t put much stock in the long-term because he has a hard time doing day to day.” Just by its nature, farming is a risky business, and weather is a worry every year. He puts his trust in what he believes is a higher power. “My hope is in the Lord, and He will send me a rain when I am supposed to have one,” James said. “All I have to do is go to work every day and do the best that I can.”


A section of William James' cornfields is shown from late May. The disparity from an irrigated section and non-irrigated section of farmland is obvious. Many row crop farmers have irrigation systems, but none have full irrigation for all acreage. It's very common for less than 25% of farmland to be irrigated, according to Clemson Cooperative Extension agent David DeWitt.

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Mickey, the consultant with Clemson Extension, said it has been an economic struggle for state farmers since before the floods of 2015. He added it would be unfortunate to have a weather event this year and the

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crop is not as good, especially since the prices are really high comparatively. A good year could “put some more fuel in the tank” for farmers, Mickey said. “Because we have had to pull out some these last couple years when it has been pretty tough financially,” he said. “It’s

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LIS PENDENS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT an action has been or will be commenced in this Court upon complaint of the above-named Plaintiff against the above-named Defendant(s) for the foreclosure of a certain mortgage of real estate given by Robert A. England and Sonja G. England to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for Amerigroup Mortgage Corporation dated March 21, 2002 and recorded on April 5, 2002 in Book 837 at Page 1842, in the Sumter County Registry (hereinafter, "Mortgage"). Thereafter, the Mortgage was transferred to the Plaintiff herein by assignment and/or corporate merger. The premises covered and affected by the said Mortgage and by the foreclosure thereof were, at the time of the making thereof and at the time of the filing of this notice, more particularly described in the said Mortgage and are more commonly described as: THE LAND REFERRED TO IN THIS POLICY IS SITUATED IN THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, COUNTY OF SUMTER, AND DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS:

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This being the same property conveyed to Robert A. England by deed of the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development of Washington, D.C. dated November 12, 1984 and reocrded November 12, 1984 in book 385 at page 443 in the records for Sumter County, South Carolina. Thereafter, Robert A. England conveyed his interest to Robert A. England and Sonja G. England, as joint tenants, with right of survivorship, and not as tenants in common, be deed dated October 27, 1998 and recorded November 2, 1998 in book 722 at page 149 in the records for Sumter County, South Carolina.

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FURTHER upon reading the filed Petition for Appointment of Kelley Woody, Esquire as Attorney for any unknown Defendants who may be in the Military Service of the United States of America, and may be, as such, entitled to the benefits of the Servicemember's Civil Relief Act, and any amendments thereto, and it appearing that Kelley Woody, Esquire has consented to act for and represent said Defendants, it is

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ORDERED that Kelley Woody, Esquire, P.O. Box 6432, Columbia, SC 29260 phone (803) 787-9678, be and hereby is appointed Guardian ad Litem on behalf of all unknown minors and all unknown persons who may be under a disability, all of whom may have or claim to have some interest or claim to the real property commonly known as 609 N Magnolia Street, Sumter, South Carolina 29150; that she is empowered and directed to appear on behalf of and represent said Defendants, unless said Defendants, or someone on their behalf, shall within thirty (30) days after service of a copy hereof as directed, procure the appointment of Guardian or Guardians ad Litem for said Defendants.

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awareness on social media. She said sometimes people will come in and be surprised at what they have to offer at their small country store. She updated the store’s website, handles their social media and helps spreads awareness of the store. She said it must be paying off because they’ve attracted more visitors to their store since last year. She said she thinks because Bishopville is a rural area sandwiched between other cities such as Sumter, Hartsville and Florence, visitors stop in town to shop and pop into some of local stores including Crossroads Outdoors. “We’re in a perfect location – we get a lot of traffic coming through from those areas, so people see we’re in a good spot downtown,” she said. She said many of their loyal

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