David Abolafia

Loris Bog-Off Festival: October 17

David Abolafia

If you’re visiting the Myrtle Beach area in mid-October, you’re likely to get stuck in a bog. A chicken bog, that is.

In case you’re not familiar with this local Southern specialty, chicken bog is a spicy combination of rice, chicken, sausage and pepper. And each year, it’s the focal point – as well as the dish of choice – at the Loris Bog-Off Festival. This annual festival is held every third Saturday in October; the festival includes a chicken bog cooking contest, 200 vendors (food, arts & crafts, retail and non-profit), a large kid’s pavilion, a car and tractor show, fireworks, a concert and more.

The town of Loris (a short ways north of Myrtle Beach) even has events leading up to the festival, including a free movie at Loris Nature Park and a game night with spaghetti dinner. However, the festival is the event of the year for Loris (pop. 2503), and on that day the population is expected to swell to more than 35,000 as people sample the zesty chicken bog recipes, check out classic cars and enjoy the music of National Country Artist Native Run.

To plan your trip to Myrtle Beach in time for the Bog-Off Festival on October 17 (watch the video below for highlights from last year’s festival), or to book travel to any of our other fascinating destinations, give us a call at (888) 269-0182, Mon – Fri 9am to 5pm.

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