Bill Text: SC H4408 | 2019-2020 | 123rd General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: SC Poultry Festival

Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Republican 79-43)

Status: (Passed) 2019-04-04 - Introduced and adopted [H4408 Detail]

Download: South_Carolina-2019-H4408-Introduced.html


A HOUSE RESOLUTION

TO CELEBRATE THE THIRTY-THIRD ANNIVERSARY OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA POULTRY FESTIVAL, TO BE HELD MAY 9-11, 2019, IN BATESBURG-LEESVILLE, AND TO HONOR THOSE PLANNING AND PARTICIPATING IN THE FESTIVAL.

Whereas, the members of the South Carolina House of Representatives are pleased to learn that the South Carolina Poultry Festival will celebrate its thirty-third year at this year's festival in Batesburg-Leesville from May 9 through 11, 2019; and

Whereas, employing thousands of citizens, South Carolina's billion-dollar poultry industry annually produces, processes, and markets vast amounts of eggs, broilers, turkeys, pigeons, quail, and spring chickens; and

Whereas, Lexington, Saluda, and Aiken counties serve as home to some of the state's top broiler producers, including such household names as Amick Farms, Columbia Farms, and Gentry Poultry Company; and

Whereas, in 1986, Batesburg-Leesville restaurant owner Sara Shealy hatched the idea of a poultry festival based in Lexington County to showcase the state's largest agribusiness, and the Leesville Merchants Association created a festival from her proposal; and

Whereas, one year later, the Ridge Poultry Festival was held, hosting approximately twenty thousand visitors. The event became the South Carolina Poultry Festival in 1989, and in recent years its attendance has exceeded one hundred thousand people; and

Whereas, today the festival features four stages offering continuous entertainment, thirty food vendors, a carnival, a parade with well over one hundred ten units, and more than seventy commercial vendors and one hundred twenty crafters; and

Whereas, the event presents the best of Southern hospitality, and proceeds regularly support various local charities, organizations, and community causes while hosting the festival's own "#1 World's Best Chicken Cooking Contest"; and

Whereas, guests anticipate an impressive antique car and collector show, a five-kilometer road race, a volleyball tournament, and evening street dances; and

Whereas, a spectacular display of the American spirit will conclude the festival on Saturday evening in one of the largest pyromusical shows available; and

Whereas, the members of the South Carolina House of Representatives commend the planners and participants of the thirty-third annual South Carolina Poultry Festival and appreciate the beneficial impact of the poultry industry on the economy of the Palmetto State. Now, therefore,

Be it resolved by the House of Representatives:

That the members of the South Carolina House of Representatives, by this resolution, celebrate the thirty-third anniversary of the South Carolina Poultry Festival, to be held May 9-11, 2019, in Batesburg-Leesville, and honor those planning and participating in the festival.

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