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Inaugural awareness walk, music festival planned in Kingstree

July 24, 2018

KINGSTREE, S.C. – The sheriff’s office and recreation department in Williamsburg County are partnering to present the inaugural 5K Run/1.5 Mile Community Awareness Walk and County Music Festival.

The events are scheduled for Saturday in Kingstree.

Williamsburg County Recreation Program Coordinator Turquoise Rouse said the two departments talked about collaborating for a community awareness event. The first idea was a walk. The music festival was added as a way to give people something they could enjoy throughout the day.

The 5K Run/1.5 Mile Community Awareness Walk will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday. Lt. Daryel Moyd, Williamsburg County Sheriff’s Office public information officer, said the walk will start on Short Street in Kingstree, but all participants are asked to meet in the rear parking lot at Williamsburg Technical College. Pickup at the college will begin at 7 a.m. and end at 7:45 a.m.

“Then they’ll be transported to the designated area where we’ll start off of Short Street and proceed from there,” Moyd said. “Then we’ll meet back at Williamsburg Technical College.”

The run/walk is free. Registration will be held the morning of the event.

The County Music Festival will include several activities at the Williamsburg County Recreation Department. Vendors including Straight Outta Philly, Street Grub, V&J BBQ and Vicky’s Blings and Things, among others, are expected to be in attendance. Featured business and community vendors will include HopeHealth, Williamsburg County First Steps, Pee Dee Coalition, Safe Link and others.

There will be a county vs. city softball/baseball game and tug of war.

“We’re going to bring the Humvee out there,” Moyd said. “A couple of men and women are going to pull that Hummer a certain distance. I think that’s going to be a lot of fun, too.”

Williamsburg County Recreation Director Andre Dorsey said the city vs. county games are not games of “us against them.” He said it is really just friends who work together but in different areas and sectors.

“And we’re just doing this and having fun, not in competition to say the county is better than the city or vice versa,” Dorsey said. “You work for who you work for. You take pride in who you work for. At the end of the day, it’s guys and girls who are friendly, who love each other and just want to have some fun.”

The music festival will feature performances from Richard “Booster” Niles, Megan M. Miles, Jerusalem, Roderick “Rod” Brown and the Level 10 band. The D.J. for the day will be D.J. Tron. Sulondia “Sue-Ham” Hammond will host the event.

Moyd said the sheriff’s office and recreation department believe the festival and run/walk is a great way for both groups to interact with the people they serve on a positive note.

“It’s just going to be a positive vibe, creating a positive atmosphere for the community to be able to just fellowship, love on each other and just be excited about Williamsburg County and what’s happening and what’s getting ready to happen in Williamsburg County,” Moyd said.

Dorsey said Saturday’s free event is about unification, giving back and having fun.

“This festival is pretty much a giving back but also asking for the citizens to take ownership of their county and come and support their recreation and sheriff and other local agencies,” he said.

Festival activities are scheduled to run most of the day Saturday at the Williamsburg County Recreation Department at 2084 Thurgood Marshall Highway in Kingstree.