ELGIN – Some 10,000 persons rushed to this small Kershaw County town Saturday to do just one thing – eat catfish stew.
The third annual Catfish Stomp went off in “tremendous fashion” according to stomp co-chairman Pete James.
A Christmas parade, complete with bands, floats and marching units was highlighted by the nation’s top beauty. Miss America Kylene Barker, who served as parade marshal.
Following the parade of some 76 units, the Christmas Spirit trophy was awarded to Salem Methodist Church of Elgin, the amateure float award went to Blaney Elementary PTO and the band contest was won by the Winnsboro High School Marching Band.
The serving of the main dish began at noon and when it was all gone at 6 p.m., weary workers had dipped up some 700 gallons of catfish stew to hungry stompers.
A new attraction was added to the stomp this year when more than 140 runners participated in the Stomp Run, a 10,000 meter event.
Wally Jones of Sumter won with a time of 33:04 and Amanda Eaton, also of Sumter, won the women’s division with a time of 44:35.
Proceeds from the stomp will be used to purchase equipment for the Elgin Fire Department.