IRMO – The Lexington Medical Center’s Irmo Okra Strut Festival has been a southern favorite for almost 50 years. What started as a way for the Lake Murray-Irmo Woman’s Club to raise money for a new library, has turned into a spectacular event to end the summer. The festival is a two-day event featuring a Friday evening street dance, a Saturday morning parade, plus arts and crafts; rides and amusements; live bands and entertainment on Saturday as well as lots of festival food. The Okra Strut Festival is in its 46th year and admission to the event is free.
This year’s headliners for the free Nighttime Musical Series include: Edwin McCain and Terence Young.
The festival kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27th, with Jesse Lyons, a singer/songwriter from here in the Midlands. He was a contestant on Season 14 of American Idol. He will sing the National Anthem to kick things off for the Lexington Medical Center Okra Strut. Following the opening act is Slippery When Wet performing The Ultimate Bon Jovi tribute. Regional standout and recording artist, Terence Young featuring The Finesse Band will headline Friday night's opening festivities. An Irmo favorite, Terence Young is the mastermind behind the official “Okra Strut Dance.”
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The event headliner will be Edwin McCain will perform Saturday, Sept. 28th. Called the “Great American Romantic” by The New York Times, Edwin McCain has built an enviable career by balancing his massive pop success with hit songs, authentic spirit. Saturday’s opening act will be the Patrick Davis Trio, a South Carolina favorite!
For more information go to www.okrastrut.com