Welcome to Clarendon County, Home of the Striped Bass Festival!

Striped Bass Festival

In its 38th year, the Clarendon County Striped Bass Festival is “THE BIGGEST.” The Festival is a celebration of spring, a tribute to the beauty of our county, and a special salute to the Striped Bass, which put the Santee Cooper Lakes–Marion and Moultrie–and Clarendon County on the fishing map of the world.

The Striped Bass Festival is a fitting, fun way to bring together the citizens of our county and the many great visitors who attend each year.

Each April in Clarendon County, Mother Nature puts on a show that's hard to beat. Azalea, wisteria, iris, tulips, geranium, roses, gladiola and more are in full bloom, making Clarendon County a visual treasure.

The Striped Bass Festival compliments the natural beauty of our area with a fishing tournament, dance, a parade, car show and a host of other activities.

The 2017 Striped Bass Festival Pageant was held on Saturday, March 18th at Weldon Auditorium. Below are the 2017 Striped Bass Festival Queens.

Miss Striped Bass – Tolley Adele Horton
Teen Miss Striped Bass – Katherine Grace Bryant
Young Miss Striped Bass – Campbell LeAnn Proctor
Little Miss Striped Bass – Mary-Esther Ward McCabe
Wee Miss Striped Bass – Lauren A’Nisa Parker
Petite Miss Striped Bass – Maggie Leigh Ramirez
Tiny Miss Striped Bass – Mattisyn Olivia Lowder
Baby Miss Striped Bass – Emersyn Kay Smith

The festival weekend kicked off on Friday, April 21, 2017, with a rainy Street Dance featuring the band, Riptide. Several vendors were in the area with children's games and food.

"Super Saturday" began bright and early with a "Home Town" parade at 10:00 a.m. The parade traveled down Brooks Street and Boyce Street with several performance areas on the route for dance studios and bands to perform. Approximately 100 food, craft and information vendors were set up around the courthouse square. The Sumter Cruiser were set up in the First Baptist Church parking lot with a large truck and car cruise in. Carnival Rides were set up on Keitt Street and the inaugural Striped Bass Festival Firefighter Combat Challenge took place at the corner of Brooks and Boyce Streets. Josh Jordan completed the course the fastest with a time of a minute and 31 second.

Attendees were able to walk through the Billie S. Fleming Protective Services Building and view artwork on display that was provided to us by the children from all schools in Clarendon County. The winners of each division are listed here.

The Santee Cooper Open Team Fishing Tournament was a huge success with 105 teams registering. The boats headed out from the John C. Land, III Sport Fishing Facility at daylight on Saturday, April 22nd. Weigh-in began at 3:00pm. Taking home the grand prize of $5,000 was Mike Watson and Craig McFadden of Sumter, South Carolina with a total weight of 35.43lbs. Kinsley Waynick won the youth division for the second year in a row and the biggest fish throughout the tournament weighed in at 8.26lbs by Mike Watson and Craig McFadden. A list of additional winners and weights is listed here.

If you were able to participate this year, we appreciate you coming and supporting the Clarendon County Chamber of Commerce. If you weren’t able to make it, we hope you will make plans to join us next year at the end of April.

For additional information, please contact the Clarendon County Chamber of Commerce.