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Fall brings festivals, events to city

Walterboro City Council is set to approve a list of street closures and usages of the city’s parking lot, as part of several upcoming fall events and festivals in the city.
The upcoming events include the city’s third annual Fall Festival, a 5k Fall Festival Race, a Veterans Parade and a veterans recognition ceremony, and a tailgate party and oyster roast.
Each of these events required the city council to approve road closures, some police escorts for the events and use of the city’s parking lot for these special occasions.

Fall Festival coming in October
The Walterboro-Colleton Chamber of Commerce is hosting the third-annual fall festival on Oct. 26 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. As a part of the fall festival, the chamber is sponsoring a 5K run from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., with registration for this event slated to happen at the parking lot next to the Discovery Center. The race will start at the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office annex building, from Klein Street through the Walterboro Wildlife Sanctuary and then onto Washington Street. The race will end at the parking lot near the Discovery Center.
More than 4,000 people attended the festival and the race in 2018, according to Chamber of Commerce President Jeremy Ware.

Veterans Parade approved for Nov. 10th
The Colleton County Veterans Council has begun preparing for the organization’s upcoming Veterans Day Parade. The parade will be held on Sunday, Nov. 10th at 3 p.m. in Walterboro.
This year, the Colleton County Veterans Council will also recognize the Gold Star and Blue Star families, as well as honoring the county’s veterans. At its recent council meeting, Walterboro City Council approved the use of the city’s streets for the parade.
In addition to this year’s parade and recognition ceremony, the Colleton County Veterans Council is also going to bring in three food trucks. Those food trucks are slated to be in the city parking lot, along East Washington Street.

Tailgate party, oyster roast coming in November
The Colleton County Historical and Preservation Society is hosting a tailgate party and oyster roast at the city’s historic Bedon-Lucas House and the Little Library Park. The event will be held on Nov. 26th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The mascots Cocky and Tiger from the USC Gamecocks and the Clemson Tigers will be on hand. At its recent council meeting, Walterboro City Council approved street closures and use of the park and area for the event.

Ireland Creek Bridge Run
The seventh annual Ireland Creek Bridge Run will be held Thursday, Oct. 24th. As a part of the event, the city council will close one side of Ireland Creek Road and Ivanhoe Road, between Washington Street and Forest Hills Road from 5 to 7 p.m. on the 24th. The city will also provide police escorts for runners and walkers. The run is sponsored by the Walterboro Rotary Club.

In other city news:
Loitering ordinance applies to all property in the city
Walterboro City Council was set to take a vote on a new loitering ordinance at its Sept. 3 meeting; however, that ordinance approval had to wait until the city council meeting on Sept. 10th. The schedule change was because of Hurricane Dorian, which closed Walterboro’s government buildings and impacted meeting schedules during the first week of September.
At its Sept. 10th meeting, Walterboro City Council was set to give its approval to the new anti-loitering ordinance. In that ordinance, the verbiage states that the city’s council and mayor are responsible for the safety of the city’s residents. It also states that no person is permitted to “loiter or prowl” in a place, “at a time or in a manner not usual for law-abiding individuals under circumstances that warrant alarm for the safety of persons or property,” the ordinance reads.
The anti-loitering ordinance applies to parks, apartment complexes, parking lots, private residences and private property, schools, public restrooms, restaurants, and taverns.
Based on the new ordinance, the term “loitering” means to linger or remain on a property after being asked to leave by the owner of the property or if there are “no loitering” signs posted.
Anyone found guilty of loitering faces a fine an up-to 30 days in jail.
City Council still has to give this ordinance a second reading before it is approved and can then be added to the city’s book of ordinances.

Heather Walters (1593 Posts)