Irmo TMs Okra Strut cancelled

The Okra Strut Commission says they need a location to hold the ever-growing event.

Irmo TMs Okra Strut has been taking place since 1973, bringing in roughly 55,000 people to the region every year.

It TMs a day that Jennifer Brown looks forward to each fall.

It has been a tradition for 30-something years, and all of a sudden we TMre not going to have it because we don TMt have a location, said Irmo resident Jennifer Brown.

Finding a home for the festival has been a difficult job for Ron Joye, who has served on the Okra Strut Commission since 1973.

We TMre going to revisit everything we can, says chairman Ron Joye.

The commission learned they lost the previous site at the Winn-Dixie plaza along Saint Andrews Road earlier this year, and have failed to secure a venue that would hold the large crowds and activities that come with the Okra Strut.

Based on the way things are at this moment, says Irmo Mayor John Gibbons, we don TMt see it happening.

According to Gibbons, council members made the difficult decision to postpone the event Tuesday night.

The strut isn TMt dead just yet. The Greater Irmo Chamber of Commerce and Irmo-Chapin Recreation Commission have been asked to take over the festival.

The Greater Irmo Chamber of Commerce really wants to put every effort into assisting to make the Okra Strut happen, said chamber CEO and president Meredith Allan.

If the event doesn TMt happen this year, Allan points out the local economy will certainly take a hit and a community will be let down.

If its cancelled, it would almost feel like cancelling Christmas, said Brown.