WHITMIRE — The Whitmire Jaycees will once again host their annual Party in the Pines event this Thursday through Saturday.
The fun will kick off around 6 p.m. Thursday with gospel night. Christianna Gilliam, president of the Whitmire Jaycees, said they will have local gospel choir groups such as Calvary Baptist Church, Marie Friedman, Praise dancers of Sims Chapel, and Shallow Outreach.
Each night, Gilliam said they will also have vendors from food to crafts available for the community. There will also be inflatables, games, rides, and more for children.
There is a small fee for tickets to ride rides, but Gilliam was unsure at the time of what the exact cost would be.
Friday is considered their locals night featuring talent from Whitmire Community School. Last year, the talent portion was held on Saturday night, but Gilliam said they wanted to move that up a day this year.
Martha Suber, assistant principal, will also be the deejay that night, followed by the Maddy Phifer band. Around 11 p.m. Friday, Gilliam said that night will wrap up, but not before the street dance, which she said the community really enjoys.
The Party in the Pines annual parade will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday. Gilliam said participants should contact Amy Silvers at 803-944-1959 or Lauren Folk at 803-924-7956 to sign up and get more information. They will be taking floats and entries until Saturday morning.
Parking for the event will be available on Railroad Avenue, Heritage Park parking lot, Market Street, and a small portion of Gilliam Street.
The carnival with the rides and vendors will open at 2 p.m. Saturday, featuring the Bucket Brigade, along with several singers, dancers, and other entertainment, Gilliam said.
Performer Cody Webb will entertain the crowd beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Gilliam said a lot of work goes into planning the event every year, and the process began last November.
“It takes a lot of teamwork and hard work,” Gilliam said.
The Jaycees have held fundraisers up until the event to raise money for costs associated with having Party in the Pines each year. Gilliam said they’ve also received various donations Roche Pharmacy in Whitmire, El Poblano in Union, First Citizens in Whitmire, United Wood Treatment and others.
Gilliam said the Jaycees were also thankful for Whitmire Community School. Gilliam said Lauren Woodward’s art class was helpful in making signs to hang around town to advertise the festival.
Other events the Whitmire Jaycees have planned include a golf tournament on Aug. 2, the annual cheer fund they do each year around Christmas, and a new chili cook-off they hope to hold this fall.
For more information on the festival, follow Party in the Pines Festival on Facebook.