South Carolina celebrates Chitlin Strut Day as annual festival serving pig intestines turns 50

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SALLEY, South Carolina — Chitlin Strut Day, the annual South Carolina festival named for pig intestines, is celebrating its 50th year in Salley.

The Aiken Standard reports ( ) more than half-a-million pounds of the Southern dish have been consumed over the past half-century at the event held the weekend after Thanksgiving.

The Legislature congratulated the town earlier this year by passing resolutions in both chambers declaring Saturday as Chitlin Strut Day. GOP Rep. Bill Taylor called the festival a "great spirit of a small town."

Chitlins are the common term for chitterlings, which are fried or boiled pork intestines. The first Chitlin Strut in November 1966 raised money for the town's Christmas lights.

According to the resolutions, up to 40,000 people annually attend the festival in a town of roughly 400 people.

Information from: Aiken Standard,

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