In its 38th year, the Clarendon County Striped Bass Festival is “THE BIGGEST.” The festival is a celebration of spring, a tribute to the beauty of our county and a special salute to the Striped Bass, which put the Santee Cooper Lakes, Marion and Moultrie and Clarendon County on the fishing map of the world. The Striped Bass Festival complements the natural beauty of our area with a fishing tournament, dances, a parade, boating events and a host of other activities.
The opening ceremony will be held April 21 in downtown Manning and will feature street dance and music. The Striped Bass Festival "Super Saturday" Parade will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday near Courthouse Square, and the festival will run all day on the square and feature crafts, entertainment, music, a children's art show at the Manning Fire Department, a car show, a boat show, and carnival rides. Also on Saturday, compete in the Santee Cooper Open Team fishing tournament. Register before April 22 by calling the Clarendon County Chamber.
In addition to the festival, each April in Clarendon County, Mother Nature puts on a show that's hard to beat. Azalea, wisteria, iris, tulips, geranium, roses, gladiola and more are in full bloom, making Clarendon County a visual treasure.