Some folks are set to take the high road while others take the low road this Saturday as the little town of Clover presents their 15th annual Scotch-Irish Festival .
Town Administrator Allison Harvey says the festival highlights traditions, including “Some of the athletic competition, some of the games that are there, relate to our ancestors.”
Harvey says that ancestry in the Clover area hails back from Scotland and while some of the participants are from Clover, others come from all around the state and other states to compete. She says that’s just what they like to do.
Some people follow NASCAR and this group of guys they go around and toss tapered logs and use pitch forks to whole bags of seed.
Harvey chuckles, “It’s just something that they like to do.”
She says several vendors will offer Scottish fare, “Things like meat pies and haggis. Things like that you’re not going to find at your regular festival.” Of course there will also be hot dogs, hamburgers and barbeque .
A fan favorite is the Border Collie herder demonstration.
A guy from Laurens, South Carolina brings his Border Collies and his sheep, and throughout the day at different times he’ll get his dogs to run the sheep and run ducks, and it’s just amazing how smart those dogs are interpreting the handler’s whistles.
The Scotch-Irish Festival in Clover is one South Carolina festival seeking to become a “tradition of traditions.”