Annual Shag celebration attracts hundreds to downtown Georgetown

  • Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Rounette Johnson/For The Times
Sensational Epics played beach music, rhythm and blues, and Motown hits as the shaggers danced for a good cause.

Hundreds came out with their dancing shoes on and danced the night away on a chilly Saturday night at the seventh annual Shag Festival on King Street in historic Georgetown.
The band was the Sensational Epics. They played beach music, rhythm and blues, and Motown hits as the shaggers danced, all for a good cause.
Proceeds from the festival will go to Alzheimer’s research, local charities, and scholarships.
 “A lot of committees worked really hard and we all pulled together,” said Keith Wilson the chairperson of the 2013 Shag Festival.
Shag lessons were offered at 6 p.m. and this was the biggest crowd ever that showed up for the shag lessons, added Wilson.
“We raised over $15,000 this year and we did extremely well from the sponsors.”
Joyce and Darrell Vegge were visiting from Iowa and were amazed at the crowd that showed up on the dance floor.
The event was designed with two goals in mind: First, to provide an opportunity for the community to come together in a time of fellowship and, second, to provide an opportunity for the community to unite for a good cause.
The Georgetown Lunch Rotary Club sponsored the event.
The president of the Georgetown Rotary club is Paul Yarborough and Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio. 
All of this work is in keeping with Rotary’s central theme and motto “Service Above Self.”
The club has more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide.
The Shag Festival is one of the biggest fundraisers for the Rotary Club.
The shag culture has deep roots, and the shag phenomenon’s beginnings were in Myrtle Beach, organizers said.

By Rounette Johnson
For The Times

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