The Galivants Ferry Stump will feature five presidential candidates on Monday.
The Stump harkens back to 1876 as Gen. Wade Hampton rode in on his horse during a gubernatorial campaign. It has continued during election years to feature Democratic candidates at the Pee Dee Farms General Store off U.S. 501 near the banks of the Little Pee Dee River east of the Marion County line.
The candidates will be former Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
The master of ceremonies will be U.S. Rep. James Clyburn.
The event begins at 5 p.m. and will include food for sale, live bluegrass music, clogging and children’s activities.
Admission and parking are free. The S.C. Highway Patrol will be directing traffic to parking areas around the store and volunteers will be driving golf carts to take the attendees to the site.
There will be chairs available but people can bring their own chairs.
Named after the history of candidates standing on tree stumps while talking to crowds of potential supporters, the Stump has been held every other spring for 143 years in Galivants Ferry.
As the state readies for the Democratic presidential primary, Stump organizers decided to hold an “extra stump.”
The state’s Democratic presidential primary is scheduled for Feb. 29.