By JOYCE GRAHAM
Expect downtown Loris to come alive for this Saturday’s Spring Festival & Outdoor Expo.
Sponsored by the Loris Chamber of Commerce, this year’s festival kicks off at 9 a.m. with Mayor David Stoudenmire to host the opening ceremony.
About 26 vendors will be set up with everything from t-shirts, crafts, food, flowers and plants, funnel cakes and homemade furniture. A kids area will feature pony rides, dunking booth and inflatables.
There will be sponsored casting events, archery balloon shoot, hula hoop golf, and more.
Chad Weatherford, two-time Outdoorsman Challenge Winner, will be there to discuss being on the program and the experience of winning the great title and prizes that he bought home.
Fresh vegetables and fruit will be on sale at the Farmer’s Market, and two nurseries will have plants and flowers.
Talent showcase winners will perform starting at 9:15 a.m. and Carolina vocals will take the stage at 10:15 a.m. Party Favor Band will play from 11 a.m. through 12:30 p.m., followed by Junior Miss Loris Bog Off Festival Sharon Mott and Miss Florence Nicki Bratcher.
A Duck Calling Contest will be held at 1 p.m., and the Party Favor Band will perform again at 2:30 p.m.
The Duck Calling Contest will be divided into 4 divisions, Men, 15 years or older; Women, 15 years or older; Youth Boys, 14 years and younger; and Youth Girls, 14 years and younger. First Place winner in the Men’s and Women’s Division will each receive $125 prize pack and trophy. First runner up receives $50 prize pack and trophy. First Place winner in the boys and girls divisions will each receive a $50 prize pack and trophy and First runner ups will win $25 prize pack and trophy. Registration will be $10, and each contestant receives a free Duck Commander Bandana. You can pre-register at Loris Drug Store or at the Loris Chamber of Commerce. Call 843-756-6030 for more information.
Pets will not be allowed at the festival due to safety concerns, event organizers said.