Though we’re a hard working people rooted on the farm, we’ve always been partial to festivals and get-togethers. This spirit goes all the way back to the old Scottish Fair in Laurel Hill, which began in 1783, the year the American Revolution officially ended. The annual event drew people from miles around and was only terminated when revelers became so unruly that citizens began to complain.
Fast-forward 100 years and one finds that the building at the corner of Main and Roper Streets in Laurinburg was known as The Opera House. The building’s second floor was a venue for public events.
Today, our festivals and events are reflective of the many cultural textures and traditions that make up our communities – from the Southern storyteller’s art to the old cotton planter culture to the Kuumba African-American Festival to the Highland Games. In addition, many of our cultural sites have their own schedules of annual events.
Each of these gatherings represents an authentic and vibrant facet of life in the rural south. Join us at the Soul of the Carolinas.