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For two days, Catfish reign supreme

Pictured above: Hhaliah Kelly finds a good place to sit and watch the annual Hardeeville Catfish Festival parade. Photo by Bob Sofaly.

The Catfish Festival is an annual two days of fun-filled, community events that includes an educational day, parades, beauty pageants, live entertainment, food and craft vendors, rides, games and tons of fun for the whole family! The festival kicked off on last Friday night with live entertainment and rides for the kids.

On Saturday, there was fun for all! Here are some fun photos of the parade by Bob Sofaly who says “I never miss this event. It is always great fun!” The parade was followed by the bake- off and cook-off competitions. Then comes the corn hole tournament which gets very competitive and the evening ended with a super fireworks display for all to enjoy. If you missed it this year in Hardeeville, put it on the calendar now for next year. You won’t regret it!

From left: Miss Jasper County Briana Scott, left, and Teen Miss Jasper County Victoria Ethridge wave to the crowd as they ride in a convertible; Kayley Jacobs, former featured baton twirler for the University of S.C. in Columbia, was on hand to lend a helping hand to the festivities; Children from Hardeeville Elementary School wave to the crowd; Cheerleaders of all ages from Jasper County Hardeeville ‘Caines entertained the crowd with their cheers; The Marine Corps Jr. ROTC unit led the parade. Marching close behind is the Parris Island Marine Corp Band. Photos by Bob Sofaly.

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