The Patrick Pinestraw Festival, held annually at Turnage Field in Patrick, celebrated a record crowd this year.
The morning started with a parade, and the rest of the day was filled with entertainment, games, face painting, lots of activities for the children, and plenty of merchant booths with interesting items for display and sale.
The food was great. Just ask anyone who was lucky enough to get a hot dog from the Children’s Baptist Church group before they ran out. Happy to have such a great turnout, and determined not to let anyone go hungry, once the hot dogs were gone they kindly offered “chili dogs.”
The display of local rattle snakes, stuffed and placed strategically on a natural looking piece of wood, was perhaps the most interesting of the merchant booths. It was, at least, the most interesting to watch other people approach. Unsuspecting festival goers could be seen walking past the display exibiting the sudden “jerk back” response. It was usually followed by a smile and a burst of laughter.
Sandy Banks, a gospel singer and songwriter from Hartsville, was part of the day’s celebration. Banks performed several of her orginial songs, and dressed in black and pink western wear, spent much of the day greeting people.
Several food vendors from out of town said the festival’s attendance continues to increase and they look forward to returning next May.
— Reach Staff Writer Karen Kissiah at 843-537-5261.