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Celebrate Fall at the Annual Aynor Harvest Hoe-Down Festival

  By  Ashley Daniels
Kids marching in the Aynor Hoe Down Parade with banner

One of our favorite fall festivals is just around the corner! The quaint town of Aynor, South Carolina, celebrates its 43rd Annual Harvest Hoe-Down Festival on Saturday, September 16, 2023 in Aynor Town Park (600 South Main Street, Aynor). This family-friendly event features a variety of musical entertainment throughout the day, children’s activities and hundreds of vendors. It all starts off with the parade at 10 am. The parade usually lasts around an hour and has a Grand Marshall, antique tractors and cars, local bands, mascots, ROTC units, fun floats and plenty of candy (as my son would probably have me note). 

Marching Band at the Aynor Hoe Down Parade

The general festival events begin at 11 a.m. and last until 5:30 p.m. Musical entertainment under the Town Park Shelter will be provided throughout the day by Aynor High Band and Chorus, Aynor Harvest Hoe-Down pageant winners, other school choruses, dance groups, gospel groups and more. It’s the perfect spot to grab some chicken bog, barbecue, a funnel cake or a variety of other fun festival food. Over 100 arts and crafts vendors—ranging from wood and metal crafts to jewelry and flower arrangements participated last year—so we know for certain that it’s a good place to pick up a one-of-a-kind souvenir. Children’s entertainment will include pony rides, a moonwalk and slide.

Group of vendors at Aynor Hoe Down Festival

While we count this among one of our favorite fall events, it should be noted that it’s still quite warm out when this event takes place. We’ve forgotten our sunscreen in years past and ended up needing it, so plan accordingly with sunscreen and water! The Aynor Harvest Hoe-Down Festival is sponsored by the Pilot Club of Aynor and always held the third Saturday in September. It usually draws around 24,000 people to the small town of Aynor, including many Grand Strand locals, and it’s an especially fun event and town to explore for those visiting from out of town.

For more information on this year’s Aynor Harvest Hoe-Down, visit their website at

Ashley Daniels

Ashley Daniels of Myrtle Beach is a full-time freelance writer, editor, wife, and mother of three sons (not necessarily in that order), and two fur babies. A native of Eastern PA, Ashley received her bachelor’s in English Writing from the University of Pittsburgh and her MA in Writing from Coastal Carolina University. Today, her folio boasts nearly 25 years of regional and nationally published printed magazine features, blogs, and web copy for a lineup of clients on the East Coast, and ADDY award-winning copywriting. For more info, visit