PLANTERSVILLE, South Carolina – White House Farm, a heirloom rice producer in Georgetown County is sponsoring along with The Village Group the Cultural Festival as part of Tour de Plantersville on Saturday, October 29th.
“We are very excited and proud to be able to share with our community and visitors what White House Farms is doing right here in Plantersville and what it will bring to our future. Having rice grown, cultivated and processed in our community is a huge benefit to everyone. To be able to offer the youth of the area the opportunity to be part of this enterprise could bring so much to Plantersville,” stated Ray Funnye, Executive Director of The Village Group.
The Cultural Festival’s Vendor Village opens at 10 am running through 2 pm. The Village will feature numerous artisan quality crafters along with information on the rich history and culture of the area as well as tasty food vendors such an Aunny’s Country Kitchen and the Caribbean Food Truck. White House Farms will be offering samples of its flavorful rice, sharing the history of the areas rice growing and have product to sell. Bring your lawn chair and settle in for the upbeat sounds of the Reggae band Mystic Vibrations starting at noon. White House Farms is located in the heart of the historic rice-belt region of Georgetown County, South Carolina. When the Quattlebaum family took over the stewardship of White House Farms in 2011, they were drawn to the rich history of the land. Starting in the 18th century, the peaty, muddy tidal fields here have produced rice that is uniquely flavorful and redolent of the Lowcountry terroir. Although these rice fields endured more than two centuries of wars, hurricanes, even the Great Depression, insurmountable hurdles eventually ceased rice production at White House – until now.
The family feels honored to reignite the rice-growing tradition here and to be one of the largest single estate growers of Charleston Gold Rice. Charleston Gold is a superior variety developed from Carolina Gold - the heirloom variety that made Georgetown County one of the world’s largest and most renowned rice growing areas.
While honoring the tradition of growing this storied variety, they are also honoring the legacy of their son, Andy, who was passionate about this place, devoted to conservation, and loved the outdoors. A portion of each sale of Andy’s Charleston Gold Rice supports The Andy Quattlebaum and Blackwell Family Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charity.
Tour de Plantersville supports The Village Group of Georgetown County, SC, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2005. The Village Group strengthens the community by making positive changes in the lives of children. All contributions to The Village Group are tax deductible. For additional information on The Village Group www.thevillagegroup.org
The Tour de Plantersville Steering Committee and The Village Group are very pleased to announce that the South Carolina’s Hammock Coast is the Presenting Sponsor of Tour de Plantersville & Cultural Festival 2022
Aunny’s County Kitchen will be joining us this year as a food vendor. She will be serving a traditional fish, red rice, beans or coleslaw meal. She will also be bringing desserts - including her famous sweet potato pie!
The Caribbean Creole Food truck will be joining us again this year with just as tasty of a menu as last year:
The Plantersville Hunting Club surprises us each year with whatever fresh game or fish they bring – no matter what it is, it is guaranteed to be tasty!
And for those with a hankering for grilled items there will be hot dogs and hamburgers available for purchase as well along with water and soft drinks.
Tour de Plantersville & Cultural Festival
Saturday, October 29, 2022
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The Tour de Plantersville is a unique cycling event designed to bring people together TO DISCOVER…
Plantersville offers the only Scenic Byway in Georgetown County. Along the Byway and throughout the ride there are ten plantations from the Colonial era that are part of the region’s rich rice farming history. These sites contain a number of pre-Civil War landmarks – mansions, slave houses, churches, rice Chimneys and other ruins. There are designated stops along the ride to encourage bike-riders to explore these grounds.
In addition, the area is rich in natural beauty. The Dirleton Plantation-Samworth Wildlife Management Area is located along this stretch of byway and offers a chance to see some of the region’s wildlife in its natural habitat.
Discover your own strength by challenging yourself on one of the routes planned for the event. The Tour de Plantersville encourages physical activity for all participants in the hopes of combating sedentary lifestyles and especially childhood obesity. Group participation, including children, is strongly encouraged.
Tour de Plantersville provides a safe and fun environment to build meaningful relationships and to learn – developing a sense of pride for the area’s beauty, history and people.
The Village Group serves as a conduit for the people working to make positive changes in the lives of children, which cultivates a better community as a whole. It is committed to inspiring and encouraging students to appreciate the value of being lifelong learners.
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Tour de Plantersville & Cultural Festival is
Saturday, October 29, 2022
Youth & Sponsorships:
12 & 25 Miles = $25
Adult riders - 12 mile:
04/29/2022 - 07/28/2022 = $35
07/29/2022 - 09/28/2022 = $40
09/29/2022 - 10/28/2022 = $50
Day of = $65
Adults riders - 25 or 62 mile:
04/29/2022 - 07/28/2022 = $45
07/29/2022 - 09/28/2022 = $55
09/29/2022 - 10/28/2022 = $65
Day of = $75
Due to COVID-19 & our concern for the safety of our riders, guests & volunteers, several practices will be in place:
• Starts will be staggered with time blocks.
• Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the ride.
The Cultural Festival is open from 9 – 2 pm. It is an opportunity for friends and families to relax, enjoy the beauty of the area while being in a peaceful location. Bring your lawn chair and relax under the tall pine trees while listening to upbeat music provided by Radio Baha’i from 9 – noon. Then the Reggae band Mystic Vibration takes over until 2 pm.
Sample culinary treats offered by the Plantersville Hunting Club for a donation, and you can purchase savory traditional foods from Aunny’s Country Kitchen or the Low Country Creole Food Truck. Don’t forget to stroll by unique vendors offering local products. Plan on a day that re-charges your “batteries” and creates happy memories.
Children will find much to do as well in the children’s activity area. They can participate in the Georgetown Kiwanis Bike Rodeo for preschoolers -3rd graders from 10am - noon. Please bring your own bicycle as we will have a very limited supply for sharing. There will even be traditional fair type-food to children’s liking for purchase.
A fun filled day for everyone – free admission and plenty of parking!!!!
For further information or questions please contact NConley@TheVillageGroup.org or to become a vendor download the Vendor Application form below.