MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – The state Commerce Department has approved about 35 major events across the Myrtle Beach area for the upcoming months.
They include the 2021 Myrtle Beach Marathon, the annual Gun and Knife Show, the Home and Garden Show, the Bridal Show, and an all-star cheerleading competition. Events having among the largest attendance expected are the gymnastics and cheerleading competitions, the bridal show, and the gun and knife show, all being held at the city’s convention center.
Gov. Henry McMaster does not allow events of more than 250 people by executive order, but event hosts can apply for an exemption. The events must remain under 50% capacity, adhere to social distancing, require masks, and follow AccelerateSC guidelines.
Meanwhile, the state’s COVID-19 cases have returned to a point not seen since the governor lifted the ban on large gatherings. South Carolina saw a record number of deaths in the state due to COVID-19 on Friday with 93 reported.
Only two events in the area were rejected so far for the next three months, the 45th Annual Hotel, Motel and Restaurant Supply Show and the Sweetheart Classic cheerleading competition. The state said the supply show “application states event will exceed 50% of occupancy” and the cheerleading competition requested “80% occupancy – application denied.” Both are able to resubmit their applications if desired.
These events were approved but some might have been canceled by organizers due to COVID-19 concerns:
Jan 16 – 12th year of the Murrells Inlet soup competition which benefits the Shriner’s Children Burn Center
Jan 16 & 17 – High School Pageant, Hartsville Community Center Building Commission
Jan 18 – Martin Luther King Day Parade, approved but canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.
Jan. 18 – MLK Drum Major Awards and Breakfast, approved but canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.
Jan 22 – adult softball tournament, City of Myrtle Beach, Jan 22
Jan 22 – Ultimate Beach Classic, Gymnastics meet at Ultimate Gymnastics Academy
Jan 23 – 9th Annual Winter Classic Car, Truck, and Bike Show, sponsored by The Drive In, Florence
Jan. 23 – CMD – The FLO Bowl, Drifting, Speedway Plus Productions LLC. DBA Florence Motor Speedway
Jan 23 – Bridal Show at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center
Jan 24 – Carshow in Florence hosted by Thorpe Money Ent
Jan 29 – Velocity Dance Convention 2021& competition in Florence
Jan 30 – Arts and Music Festival, NS Promotions and Events in Horry County
Jan 30 – Allstar Cheerleading Competition at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center
Jan. 31 – SC Church of God annual conference in Horry County
Feb. 2 – Velocity Dance Convention & Competition in Horry County
Feb 5 – Motorsports Race hosted by Speedway Plus Productions LLC. DBA Florence Motor Speedway
Feb. 6 – Mardi Gras themed parade for dogs and their owners hosted by City of Myrtle Beach
Feb. 6 – Myrtle Beach Gun and Knife Show
Feb. 13 – FMU Home Baseball Games at Sparrow Stadium in Florence
Feb. 19 – Home Show and Garden Show hosted by Horry Georgetown Home Builders Association
Feb. 19 – Valentine’s Beach Ball Bash Volleyball tournament in Horry County
Feb. 20 – The American Heritage Festival in Florence
Feb. 20 – 2nd Annual Downs Syndrome Car Show Hosted by Coastal Carolina Mopars
Feb. 20 – SCGIA Gangs Across the Carolinas Annual Training Conference in Horry County
Feb. 26 – Vintage Market Days of Coastal Carolina
Feb. 27 – 15th Annual Outdoor Oyster Roast Fundraiser in Georgetown
March 3 – Expo for owners and operators of convenience stores and petroleum marketing companies in Horry County
March 3 – SACRED – 2021 Marriage retreat at Hopewell Baptist Church
March 6 – Jamie Johnson country show at House of Blues Myrtle Beach
March 6 – 2021 Myrtle Beach Marathon
March 9 – 45TH Annual Hotel ,Motel, and Restaurant Supply Show of the Southeast
March 11 Jamie Johnson live music event at House of Blues Myrtle Beach
March 18 – 32nd Annual Car and Truck show hosted by Pee Dee Street Rodders
March 26 – CINO Day at CCU, a fair type event, one that celebrates the end of the year for students.
March 27 – The 9th Annual Pee Dee Round up Mustang and all Ford Show Eastern South Carolina Mustang Club
For a full list of events approved across the state, visit the SCD site here.