A candidate speaks from behind a stump during the Galivants Ferry Stump in 2018. The Holliday family has been hosting the stump meeting since the late 1800s at the store near the banks of the Pee Dee River. Photo by Janet Morgan/Myrtle Beach Herald janet.morgan@myhorrynews.com

Democratic presidential hopefuls have the chance to speak to South Carolinians in a rustic setting by stumping for votes next month near the banks of the Pee Dee River.

Chicken bog, bluegrass tunes and political candidates will once more be featured during this year’s Galivants Ferry Stump, according to a news release. The event is set for Sept. 16 at Pee Dee Farms General Store off of U.S. 501 West. 

Organizers say the event that has been held every other spring for over a century is considered the oldest political stump speaking in the nation.

This year’s Stump is taking place in the late summer so candidates can speak on their platforms before the state Democratic primary election in February.

Former Vice President Joe Biden is set to speak, and more presidential hopefuls are expected to attend. Biden was the event’s keynote speaker in 2006.

The event will follow the traditional festival format and feature live entertainment like clogging and country dishes being offered starting at 5 p.m. Candidates will begin speaking at 6 p.m.

In September of 1876, General Wade Hampton arrived in Galivants Ferry on horseback to kick off his gubernatorial campaign. Four years later, local businessman Joseph W. Holliday invited county Democratic candidates to speak from his Galivants Ferry store, a gathering place in the community. The families of John Monroe Holliday and Joseph Holliday have hosted the event ever since.


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