Stump speaking at Galivants Ferry is a 140-year-old tradition in South Carolina, hosted every other year since 1876 by the John Monroe and Joseph Holliday families. It takes place in the parking lot of Pee Dee Farms, where Rt. 501 crosses the Pee Dee River. Democratic candidates for local, state and federal office will “stump” for votes and mingle with the crowd.
The 2016 keynote speaker will be New York Congressman Joseph Crowley, vice chair of the Democratic Caucus, the fifth-highest ranking position in House Democratic Leadership. Other guests scheduled to attend include S.C. Congressman Jim Clyburn, S.C. Democratic Party chair Jaime Harrison, former MSNBC contributor and Decode DC Podcast host Jimmy Williams, master of ceremonies Tommy Brittain and Horry County Democratic Party chairman Bennie Swans.
All Democratic candidates running for the Horry County Council and Board of Education have been invited to speak, as well as the candidates for the state House, state Senate, and U.S. Senate, according to Stump organizer Sally P. Howard. “We’re excited to be celebrating 140 years this year,” said Howard. “We’re proud to continue this as the only rally and political event of its kind nationwide.”
Bluegrass music at 4:30 pm; speaking at 6:00 pm. Chicken bog and beverages will be on sale. There is a free shuttle service to/from the parking lots.