Workers attempt repairs
Photo by Michael Lowman
Lawrimore Construction, Inc. based out of Conway came to Loris Tuesday night to add shut off valves at each end of Main Street between Broad Street and Railroad Avenue so the fire hydrant that has been leaking since the first week in October could be replaced once the water had been shut off. Workers can be seen above preparing to install one of the shut off valves in front of the new Loris Times Newspaper and Bookstore building, which was formerly Cato. The work was not completed and the workers will have to return again to finish the job.
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Spring Outdoor Expo is a success
Local beauties and pageant queens attended the Loris Spring Outdoor Expo. Pictured are Blair Gasque, Raine Rabon and Samantha Small.
By Jennifer Boyd
Last Saturday, April 23, Loris experienced an influx of a few thousand people that came out to enjoy the 7th annual Spring Festival and Outdoor Expo. This event, which was held in the downtown area of the city, welcomed children and adults of all ages to enjoy a beautiful spring day, while browsing through several booths, admiring classic vehicles and splurging on a funnel cake.
The morning began with a 5k run, which was sponsored by McLeod Hospital. After the race, downtown Loris began to quickly fill with locals and visitors. The children gravitated around the inflatable slides, castle and trampoline while taking time to enjoy the petting zoo or saddle-up on one of the beautiful horses on-hand for a $5 ride. Intricate face painting artists were also at the event to transform children’s faces into a web design, a batman design or a simple sun or a colorful flower on the cheek. Cotton candy, funnel cakes, homemade corndogs, ice-cream and shaved ice were available for the public. Local resident and business owner, Ricky Dew, was all smiles as he served tasty treats from his catering company, Sugar Shack.
The Loris Chamber of Commerce did a wonderful job implementing the first ever classic vehicle show during the spring event. Many people came out to showcase their prized possession that was glistening in the afternoon sun. Each vehicle owner was more than happy to share his or her love for their classic or vintage rides and discuss the changes they made to each vehicle.
Live entertainment was also provided for the public, including a fashion show highlighting the latest fashions from Carolina Lady, a clothing boutique located on Main Street in Loris. Many past and present local beauty queens showcased their singing talent on the stage that was nestled in front of the Loris Barber Shop, owned by Jason Porter. The community has very talented singers and performers, which was a welcome surprise for the onlookers that had never visited Loris during one of the successful festivals.
Although the beginning of the day was cloudy and overcast, it made no difference to those who participated in the event or were there to simply enjoy the day with friends and family.
The Loris Chamber of Commerce, as always, did a fabulous job bringing the community together to celebrate the end of winter while ushering in the warm spring weather. The sunshine arrived around 12 noon, which was a fitting way to top off a great day in Loris.
Festival winners named; thanks to all
The Loris Spring Festival & Outdoor Expo was held on Saturday, April 23, in downtown Loris. Lots of folks came out to join us for this wonderful event. There were flowers and plants, live entertainment, great vendors, a great duck calling competition, kid’s area, fashion show, Classic Car Cruise-In and the McLeod Loris 5K Run/Walk.
There were 25 competitors register for the duck calling competition. Youth winners: First place – Drake Owens, second place – Hunter Tynes and third place – Ryder Williamson. Adult winners: First place – Hunter Lewis, second place- Johnathan Faircloth and third place – Craig Pursley. Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to all who participated and attended. Mr. Bill Stanley was the winner of the filet knife custom made by Weatherford Knife Co.
There were 113 runners signed up for the first McLeod 5K Run/Walk. Overall female division winners: Mariah Meredith, Elizabeth Whitley with daughter Nancy McNight, and Melissa Whitley. Overall male division winners: Robbie McLendon, Frankie Humphrey and Paul Boyd.
Thank you to everyone who made the 7th Annual Loris Spring Festival & Outdoor Expo another successful event. Thank you to our sponsors this year: HTC, Loris Scene, Loris Times, City of Loris, McLeod Loris, Crossway Church, Attorney Maria Elias-Williams, Estelle Wright, Fowler’s Grill of Loris, Carolina Dental Care, Loris Drug Store, WLSC Tiger Radio, Stanley & Janie Prince, Hope Arbor of Loris, Wolpert’s Department Store, Cash & Dash, 701 Pawn Shop, Harrelson Clothing Store, The Front Porch Ministries, Weatherford Knife Company, W.F. Cox Company, NAPA of Loris, Loris Rehab and Nursing Center. Thank you all for your support! Without you we could not continue this event. We would also like to thank Mt. Vernon Boy Scout Troop #822 for helping us out by carrying flowers and plants all day.
Special thanks to Mayor Henry Nichols, City Council, city employees, Loris Police Department and our local merchants for all your help and support.
Please mark your calendar for the Loris-GSF Relay for Life being held on Friday, May 13, from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Enjoy this beautiful weather and remember to SHOP LORIS FIRST!
Congratulations to all the winners in this past Saturday’s events during the Loris Spring Festival and Outdoor Expo!!! Hats off to the Loris Chamber of Commerce on putting on another successful event... Stephanie SHELLEY will be enjoying her birthday on Saturday, April 30... Kala LONG, Kristi Michelle LONG and Adrian Bellamy HUGHES are all celebrating birthdays on Sunday, May 1... Madi Quinn BARTCH, Krislin GASQUE and Robin HARDWICK are all looking forward to their birthdays on Monday, May 2... Stacie LANE is having her birthday on Thursday, May 5...