In about a month there are numerous new teachers that are going to be moving to the Kingstree, South Carolina area as part of the Teach For America 2014 Corp!! We are all so excited to have them here! I wrote about small town life in Kingstree here, but I want to add some more tips and tid bits to help make living here fun!
Here are some of the great things that we have in the area.
1. Hemingway Rodeo (County Line Arena)
You may not be from the south, but bull riding, calf roping, funnel cakes, and cattle chases are always a blast! County Line Arena gets packed on rodeo night and I promise you will have fun!
Pig Pickin is a barbeque cooking contest/carnival that takes place at the Rec Center in the fall. There are carnival rides for the kids, talent shows from local dance studios and choirs, dozens of tents with pigs roasting, and giant ice tea dispensers. Ice Tea and Barbeque.. you can't get any more southern!
Teachers- you WILL see your kids at Pig Pickin! Everyone goes and some of my students were there all day on both days of the event!
3. Berry Picking (All Over)
I am adding this one to the list even though I didn't get to do it this year. I had every intention of going to a blueberry or a strawberry farm to pick berries. I found the places, saw the signs, and kept putting it off until it got to late! Ya'll need to keep me accountable to go this next summer. Picking season usually starts in May. Mcleod Farms has a Strawberry Fest about an hour and a half away that looks likes a blast if you want to take the time to go there. If not there are some local farms to explore.
5. Haunted House/Trail (Bishopsville)
There are 2 Haunted Houses and Haunted Trail Rides in Bishopsville around Halloween time. You have Scream Acres and Kreepy Hallow. I have only been to Kreepy Hallow. They are each owned my rival family members that are bent on out doing the other!
Tips: Do not go close to Halloween. D went 2 years ago and stood in line for hours. We went this year in September- I think- and it wasn't bad at all.
6. State Fair (Columbia)
The State Fair is a blast but I suggest going after Pay Day! It is expensive if you want to eat, ride the rides, and play carnival games (but what state fair isn't a money sucker). They have a rodeo and petting zoo which are both free. You can walk back into the horse's stables, pet the cows and pigs, and hold fat rabbits!
The have concerts that you can buy tickets too as well. This last year they had Hunter Hayes the night we went but there is a different band every night. The fair will be October 8-19th this year.
P.S. If you are teaching Science, they have a physics program for field trips that you can take your students too. They show them how the roller coasters work and all of the mechanics and physics involved in the process. We took the whole science department this last year. Plan early- like at the beginning of the year- because it will fill up fast!
I know it still seems far away, but start getting excited for all of the fun we will have this year!
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