This is such a busy time of year for the Sumter community, there is neither time nor space to detail every single thing that’s going to be happening within the next couple of weeks. Several of the bigger events have been featured recently, but there are also what seems like a million other things to do in town. So in the meantime, let’s hit the highlights, okay? Some quick updates:
- “Through the Rabbit Hole,” David Lindsay-Albaire’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, will complete its run at the Sumter Little Theatre with performances on September 22-25. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students, seniors and military. (803) 775-2150 or www.sumterlittletheatre.org.
- Backyard Jamboree, sponsored by Sumter Senior Services, at the O’Donnell House on September 23. Bands and barbecue, bourbon tastings and more. Tickets prices: $15 and up. (803) 773-5508 or www.backyardjamboree.org.
- USTA ITA Southeast Regional Tennis Tournament at the Palmetto Tennis Center on September 23-26. With more than 400 players, this is one of the most exciting tournaments of the year, with players from the Peach Belt, Conference Carolinas and South Atlantic. Don’t miss the action! (803) 774-3969 or click here.
- More sports action at the Patriot Park Sportsplex Soccer Jamboree on September 24. (803) 436-2248 for details.
- The Sumter-Shaw Community Concert Association celebrates its 65th season with a performance by the Hit Men at Patriot Hall on October 30. Tickets are $25 for adults; $5 for students with ID. (803) 499-4032 or www.sscca.info.
Of course, it’s also time for the Sumter County Fair! This year’s fair runs from September 27 to October 2. Presented by American Legion Post 15, the annual family event features rides, exhibits, games and of course, fair “fare”! I don’t know what’s on the menu this year aside from the usual funnel cakes, cotton candy and sausage dogs, but it’s probably a safe bet that they’ve figured out how to deep fry something more exotic than Twinkies and Snickers bars this year. I’ve heard evil-sounding rumors about the things being served up at fairs in other states, such as deep-fried BUTTER, and even deep-fried Coca-Cola! Not that we’re guaranteed that any of these things will be coming to Sumter, but if they do and someone actually tries that butter, please let me know what it was like!
Admission to the Sumter County Fair is $7 for adults and $5 for kids (at the gate), but advance tickets are available at a discount. For full info, please call (803) 775-5200 or check it out online at www.sumterfair.com/index.html.
Next week, we’ll be previewing some of the great things that are coming up in October. For information on upcoming events, please check our online community calendar.
And seriously…if there is deep-fried butter at the Fair, I want to know. Some things are just beyond imagining!