Annual Grateful Dog Music Festival wraps up in Timmonsville

TIMMONSVILLE, SC (WBTW) — The annual Grateful Dog Music Festival, a three-day event that raises money for animals in need, wrapped up Sunday in Timmonsville.

“Yesterday was one of the greatest days I’ve had the pleasure of being a part of,” said Sam Rogers of the Grateful Dog Family.

The rainy weather at the start of the weekend was not enough to dampen festival-goers’ spirits, he said.

“We bounced back strong and of course we had a great turnout because the community supports this event so well,” he said.

Rogers said more than two dozen bands and 20 vendors donated their weekend to the festival to help humanitarian societies in Darlington County, Marlboro County and the Florence area. Musicians and spectators came from all over the country to attend the festival’s second year at Sugar Magnolia Ranch, he said.

“We actually had a band drive in at 10 a.m. from Sussex County, New Jersey to play for free,” Rogers said. “If it says nothing, nothing will.”

The Grateful Dog family must still count ticket sales, silent auction proceeds and more before they know how much they won. However, local humanitarian societies are already eagerly awaiting the incoming donation.

“Medical care for animals that need it, food,” said Ellen Drucker, a volunteer with the Marlboro County Humane Society. “It’s very expensive, and if we can’t help them, who will?”

Rogers said he and his team are looking back on a job well done and have already started planning for next year’s festival.

“I can’t put the community support into words,” he said. “It’s worth all the work we do.”