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Hundreds gather for ‘bigger and bigger’ Miracle League Oyster Roast

January 20, 2019

FLORENCE, S.C. – Though rain threatened, hundreds of people went Saturday evening to Southern Hops Brewing Company for the fifth-annual Miracle League of Florence County Oyster Roast.

Participants lined tables with oysters and shucking knives in hand and walked through the silent auction while the Jebb Mac Band performed songs from multiple genres.

Vickie Elliot, a board member with the Miracle League of Florence County, said the event has grown every year, and this year was the biggest.

Elliot said she helps organize the sponsors for the oyster roast. This year, the oyster roast received the highest amount of sponsorships since the beginning of the oyster roast, totaling more than $25,000 that will go toward the beginning of phase III of development, an all-inclusive playground, at the league’s field at Greenwood Athletic Park, she said.

Elliot said the volunteers had to spend days to prepare for the oyster roast. They had to buy 100 bushels of oysters, secure sponsorships and prepare the food, Elliot said.

“It takes a lot of work, but it’s worth it in the end,” Elliot said.

For the past two years, Elliot said the oyster roast has brought more than 500 people taking part in the event, but looking at this year’s turnout, she thinks more people came than in the past.

“Every year it gets bigger and bigger,” Elliot said. “I mean, even the rain doesn’t stop it.”

The Miracle League of Florence County provides nontraditional baseball for special needs adults and kids who don’t get to play rec ball, Elliot said.

“Just to see these kids that don’t get to do normal things kids do and they just feel like they’re getting accepted,” Elliot said. “I have families all the time that tell me it is just a good outlet for them, and that makes all the hard work worth it.”

The two-month season begins on April 6.