For the 600 residents that call the town of Aynor home, its people are the best-kept secrets in the Myrtle Beach area.

That is what the town’s website proclaims, and it’s a statement we happen to agree with.

In its early history, Aynor acted as a railroad terminus from Conway in the 1900s before its incorporation in 1913. Then, the town enjoyed a stable tobacco market, as well as a brickyard, cotton gin and several mills.

Since 1980, the town of Aynor has celebrated its heritage every third Saturday in September with the Aynor Harvest Hoedown. This unique festival offers crafts, food booths, a parade through Main Street, music and dancing. Mark your calendars for Sept. 19, 2015 and be a part of the event’s 36th celebration.

Take it from us: this is a wonderful event and you can’t help but be swept up in the community pride. Don’t forget to grab a commemorative Hoedown T-shirt and sample some of the funnel cakes!