The fourth Thursday of November is rapidly approaching, and everyone knows what that means: the annual Chitlin’ Strut is almost upon us! Saturday, November 28, 2015 will see the 50th Annual Chitlin’ Strut in Salley, South Carolina, and the day promises to be loads of fun. The festival kicks off at 7:00 a.m. with a pancake breakfast. Even better, from 8:00 a.m. on, chitlin’ plates are available for the very reasonable price of $10. You can have yours fried OR boiled.
There will be carnival rides, live music, a hog calling contest, a parade, the Strut Dance Contest, fireworks, a beauty pageant, pro wrestling, arts and crafts, and helicopter rides. Alas, it appears that the chitlin’ eating contest is no more. We’ve never been to the Chitlin’ Strut but it’s on our bucket list. We understand the aroma of tons of boiling hog intestines is a memorable one. If you can attend, please report back on the festivities! More information is available at the Chitlin’ Strut website.
It’s about Tennessee, not South Carolina, but this lyric is just as àpropos:
When it’s chitlin’ cooking time in Cheatham County,
I’ll be courtin’ in them Cheatham County hills.
And I’ll taste some Cheatham County chitlin’ cookin’
For the longin’ that a mess o’ chitlins fills.