Cooking Chicken Bog

Chicken bog is a staple at the Loris Bog Off Festival. Veterans and newcomers participate in the cooking contest to win the title of Loris Bog-Off Festival Chicken Bog Cook-off Champion receiving a trophy and prize money.

This year, Loris is celebrating four decades of serving the best chicken bog on the planet.

The 40th annual Loris Bog-Off Festival takes place Oct. 19. Planning for the extremely-popular event began not long after last year’s festival ended.

As usual, the precursor to the festival was the 2019 Miss Loris Bog-Off Pageant that took place Sept. 28.

As is the case every year, another fun-filled week of activities leading up to the festival is on tap.

On Oct. 14, Bog Off Outdoor Movie Night takes place at the corner of Meeting Street and Casey Street starting at 6:30 p.m. Bring a blanket or chair to watch Moana on the big screen. Concessions will be available for purchase.

Tuesday Night, Oct. 15, is Game Night. It will include bingo and spaghetti. It takes place at the Center for Health & Fitness for a fun night of games. Lots of bingo games and prizes to win. $10 per person.

On Oct. 17, at 6 p.m., it’s the Bog Off Cruisin & Groovin on Main.

“Cruisin Main Street like we did back in the day,” explained Loris Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Samantha Norris.

Not only will there be cruising, but also a street dance featuring music from the Chocolate Chip & Company Band. They will be performing a wide variety of music favorites.

By the morning of the festival, the more than 150 vendors will be setting up shop long before 6 a.m. and the streets will be lined with churches, nonprofit groups, arts and crafts booths and a variety of informational and educational groups

The kids’ area will be on two lots on the corner of Meeting and Casey streets, offering rides, games, animals and contests of skill to keep the young ones busy all day.

With all those stages, entertainment will be plentiful all day with opening ceremonies at 9 a.m. followed by tons of local nonstop talent. The stage performances include local dance schools, school choruses and local bands.

Of course, the namesake dish of chicken bog will be available and those vying for the title of the coveted Loris Bog-Off Festival Chicken Bog Cook-off Champion trophy and its big prize money won’t be forgotten.

Visitors can purchase tickets to taste the offering of every cook.

Norris said the bog is the reason the festival is a success each year.

“Chicken bog is a staple here in Horry County. People love it,” she said. “And I also think it is the people that make it what it is. And it is pride in the town that makes them come out.”

And even though the number of vendors with a wide variety of wares continues to grow, Norris said the chicken bog is still the reason most people come to the festival.

“It is still the center of the festival. The chicken bog contest is the star of the show,” Norris said.

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