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fun this year!

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Performing Saturday Night
April 23rd

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Duck Dogs

Palmetto Dock Dog

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Friday, April 22nd 8pm

Rice Festival

Special thanks to
all of our sponsors
this year!

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Rise Above - BMX
3 shows daily!

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Major Sponsors

T-shirts on sale ($12) April 1st at Walmart, The Press, Palmetto Parcel, Island Tan, and Farm Bureau.

T-shirts on sale ($12) April 1st at Walmart, The Press, Palmetto Parcel, Island Tan, and Farm Bureau.

Taste of Walterboro Sponsors

Donald J. Holmes, CPA | Walterboro Motor Sales | Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth & Detrick, P.A. | Lowcountry Pest Control | Bank of Walterboro
Michael C. McEniry, DMD | Enterprise Bank of SC | American Forest Management | J.H. Hiers Construction, LLC | Walterboro-Colleton Chamber of Commerce
Lucas Electric Company, Inc | The Colletonian | C.T. Lowndes and Company | State Farm Insurance, Les P. Jordan | The Steadman Agency | Palmetto Rural Telephone Company
Samuel M . Hazel, DMD and P. Spencer Witkin, DMD., LLC | Edisto Orthopedics & Sports Medicine | Corbett Building Supply Company | Colleton Family Medicine
Coastal Carolina Surgical Specialists | Ackerman Landscape & Irrigation, Inc. | Griffin Jewelry | Palmetto Parcel

Friends of Festival

Kesia L. Brown Insurance Agency Inc. State Farm | Walterboro-Colleton Chamber of Commerce | Bob and Kathie Smith

Cornhole Tournament Sponsors

Agape Hospice | Parks Auto Parts | Always Money

Rice Run

Palmetto Rural Telephone Company | Edisto Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Celebrating the 41st Annual Colleton County Rice Festival!

Top20Winner2016WebThe Colleton County Rice Festival in Walterboro, South Carolina is an annual event featuring arts and crafts, food, fireworks, music and other entertainment.

Since it first arrived in 1685, rice helped create enormous wealth for the Lowcountry, and Colleton County was perfect for growing it. During the annual Rice Festival we celebrate the heritage of rice in this community and the beauty of the people and land that continue to bless this great country.

Come enjoy a fun-filled week of family activities in the warm Carolina sun. The Rice Festival has all the elements that make it fun for the entire family. Central to the festival is an arts and crafts area with a wide array of handcrafted items. The queen of the Rice Festival is crowned in a special pageant and she takes her rightful place of honor in the Rice Festival Parade as it meanders through downtown as a kickoff event to the festival. A 5K run, rated one of the top races in South Carolina, is another signature event for the festival. And what Carolina Festival is complete without a food court? Sprinkle in activities such as fireworks, music and other entertainment, and you’ve got an event sure to please the entire family.

Explore the streets of our county seat and experience a full schedule of family activities. Come see why Walterboro is the front porch of the Lowcountry.

Start your visit to the Rice Festival at the Welcome Center located just off I-95 at exit 53. There you will find plenty of tips about what to see and do before, during, and after the Rice Festival.

Photos by Jeff Musgrave

Countdown to the Rice Festival

2016 Applications and Forms


April 22nd & 23rd, 2016

Arts & Crafts Application

No longer accepting applications.

Sales Application

No longer accepting applications.

2016 Rice Cooking Contest

Date: Friday, April 22, 2016 Place: Bethel United Methodist Church-Fellowship Hall
Time: Rice Dishes can be dropped of at the church between 11:00 am and 12:00 pm

Food Vendors

We are not accepting food vendor applications at this time.  Please check back later.

April 22nd & 23rd, 2016