Organizers estimate that this year’s Mid-South Barbecue Festival received the largest number of visitors in the event’s 13-year history.
The event draws roughly 5,000 to 7,000 visitors each year, but last Saturday’s event, the first since the spread of the coronavirus, likely drew an even higher turnout, according to estimates from event board members.
“We had a record number of people,” said Donna Morency, director of the Mt. Pleasant Community Development Corporation and one of 15 board members organizing the event.
The large turnout comes despite approaching storms that caused the community event to end early last Friday.
The event continued under clear skies last Saturday, with an influx of new visitors. The slow-roasted barbecue sold out quickly that afternoon as musical performances and family activities continued into the night with dancing and fun thanks to Music City Rhythm Connection and Mt. Pleasant’s own rock band, Box of Rox.
Morency said the turnout marked a step forward for the community despite the event’s cancellation in 2020 due to the coronavirus.
“It was really important for our community to get back involved after COVID-19,” Morency said. “I think people are ready to go.”
She said the turnout shows that the community is recognized throughout the region for the two-day weekend event held each October.
“It continues to draw a huge crowd to the city and it’s good for the whole community,” Morency said. “I think everyone enjoyed it. It’s a local community festival with great barbecue and Mt. Pleasant is known for it.”
Music and shopping continues this fall in Mt. Pleasant
The historic community just south of Columbia continues to welcome weekend visitors and downtown shoppers with a series of similar events in the coming weeks.
The city’s annual Music on the Porch concert series came to a close Saturday with a performance by Natasia GreyCloud at 203 Pleasant Street.
The singer who grew up in Newberg, Oregon, and now lives in Nashville, competed on the 2019 season of “The Voice.”
Main Street Mt. Pleasant Sip and Stroll from 5 to 7 pm On November 4, you will welcome the holiday season at your local stores, offering special giveaways and special sales under the theme of 12 Days of Christmas.
Then on November 27, Mt. Pleasant will host Shop Small Saturday and Cruise-In with another round of special sales offered by the city’s local small businesses along with a classic car drive-in movie in the city’s public square.
For more information on upcoming events in Mt. Pleasant, find a complete schedule on the website https://visitmountpleasanttn.com/.
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