October 1 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
The history of the Sassafras Festival in Burnettown, SC, is an interesting one.
Michelle Atkinson, Burnettown’s clerk and treasurer, said the Sassafras Festival began in 1994 as a simple street dance party. It was named after the trees of the same name growing along Horse Creek.
“We just love that everyone comes out and has a good time,” Atkinson said.
“We try not to overcharge for anything. There’s nothing down here that you can’t bring your family down and not spend a fortune and have a good time.”
The Sassafras Parade is always a feature of the event. In the past, the parade has included bagpipes, dancers, vintage vehicles, local pageant winners, and a host of Shriners.
The South Carolina Barbeque Association’s judges will score the submissions in the barbecue cook-off competition.
Judging will begin at 10 am. Winners will be announced at 12:30 pm.
Entries will be judged on appearance, aroma, taste, tenderness, and overall impression.