3rd Annual Rhythm on the Rails Gets Underway Today

It gets underway today, The 3rd annual Rhythm on the Rails. This family friendly festival and BBQ Competition has lots of exciting things happening for this year’s festival.  Last year, the city held a back yard BBQ competition in conjunction with the festival and received tremendous positive feedback.  This year, the planning committee decided to move forward with having the competition sanctioned.  After considering several sanctioning bodies the committee felt the Southern BBQ Network (SBN) would be the best fit for our festival.  The SBN family loves BBQ and their mission is to provide qualified judges to contests that support charitable events.   “The charitable event support was the idea that sealed the deal for the planning committee, “ reports Mary-Wallace Riley, Special Projects Coordinator. Riley added, “when we realized we could use proceeds from the BBQ competition to help support our Clinton Community Cares utility bill assistance program, while allowing residents and visitors to enjoy some great BBQ, that was an easy choice!”


In addition to hosting a sanctioned BBQ competition, The Tams will be headlining the FREE concert tonight. The music and dancing begin at 6:00 p.m. at The Depot Stage.  Rides open from 5:00 p.m. until  9:00 PM today and from 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. tomorrow.  You can purchase a $5.00 wristband and use it both days on the carnival rides and inflatables.  In addition to our BBQ competition, crafts, food, and other vendors, the Laurens County Chamber of Commerce will be hosting Heritage Hype, which includes exhibits of what Laurens County has to offer residents and visitors alike.  Training the Child Ministries will sponsor a May Pole Dance.  Finally, Laurens District 56 will play a pivotal role in the festival this year as they kick off our festivities tomorrow morning at the CNNGA stage presenting Rhythm of the Arts —a showcase of fine arts representing students from all of District 56 schools.  In addition to the district’s musical entertainment, festival goers can also enjoy the sounds of The Redeemers of Faith, Jack Roper and the Weatherman Band, and The Jake Bartley Band