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Edisto’s Shag Fest winners announced

The annual Edisto Beach Shag Festival was not cut short this year, despite the incoming arrival of Hurricane Dorian ahead of the festival’s holiday weekend.
The festival was held Friday through Sunday, August 30th – Sept. 1st. Incoming bands of rain associated with the storm did cause the festival to close early on Saturday night, at about 9 p.m. However, the festival resumed as planned on Sunday, without any other interruptions in the scheduled contests, events, and band performances.
“The bands couldn’t plug in their equipment from the rain Saturday night, so we did have to stop a bit early, but it was only after a long fun-filled day,” said Mary Edna Keller, festival organizer. “But, we had an absolute great time,” said Keller. “All of the performances and the shag contests were well-loved.”
More than 20 people participated in this year’s shag festival dance competition.
The winners from this year’s festival are Todd Barker and Sharie Gee, who won first place in the non-professional shag contest, which was held on Friday night. Jerry and Kathy Martin won second place in this contest. Both of these couples are members of the East Cooper Shag Club.
In third place are dancers Alan and Courtney Baker.
This year’s festival celebrated 10 years of shagging at the beach. To honor the anniversary, the festival featured a special 10-year shagging contest that featured dancers from the former years’ winners.
Woody Best and Susan Glenn, from the CFRA Shag Club and the East Cooper Shag Club, won first place in this anniversary dance contest.
“We had great bands and the 10-year shag contest was a big success,” said Keller. “Overall, with all the elements of the weather, it was a great festival and we will do it again next year.”
The annual Edisto Beach Shag Festival attracts dancers, bands and festival-goers from across multiple states along the East Coast. Shagging is the official dance of South Carolina, and was created in the 1920s in Myrtle Beach.

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