Flash Mob Fun

By: Shannon Shull

The definition of a flash mob…

A flash mob is a group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual and seemingly pointless act for a brief time, then disperse, often for the purposes of entertainment, satire, and artistic expression. Flash mobs are organized via telecommunications, social media, or viral emails.  The term “flash mob” was coined in 2003.

Whether on television or in commercials, I have long been fascinated and inspired by flash mobs. You just cannot deny the fun and joy they create! Whether one is participating in the flash mob or witnessing one – it’s just flat out undeniably a cool thing! To be somewhere in a very public place, hear loud music then suddenly witness random people coming together to entertain, share some joy and have a great time…that to me is just downright awesome.

Ever since seeing different flash mobs across the world online and on television, I have always wanted to do one.  Since I have a producer’s spirit, I figured out if I ever wanted to be a part of one, I’d probably have to make it happen myself!  So when I knew the SC Poultry Festival was coming up, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity for me to attempt my first official flash mob experience.

I introduced the idea to the Poultry Fest committee and luckily they embraced it and were incredibly supportive and excited.  Then I broached the idea with all my Zumba classes.  All the ladies, young and older, were absolutely thrilled and gung ho to be involved!  So fortunately it all came together fairly easily and the buzz of the flash mob spread and folks were contacting me asking to be involved.

We ended up having close to fifty people of all ages participate and perform the flash mob on May 12th, 2012 in Batesburg-Leesville at the 26th Annual SC Poultry Fest.  I would’ve loved to have had more people but for a first attempt, I’d say we did pretty darn good!  We certainly had a blast and folks around town are still talking about.

Check out the video of our famous small town flash mob… I wish I could’ve had several different camera angles that could’ve shown the number of people that were dancing and all the people who were standing around watching us, but this video will suffice and I certainly hope you enjoy watching!

A big thank you goes out to all those who participated!  And to everyone who came to the good ole Poultry Fest and witnessed our mob of fun, “We’re Glad You Came”! 🙂

Shannon’s First Flash Mob – Song: “Glad You Came” by the Wanted.

Featuring Batesburg-Leesville Leisure Center and Gilbert Zumba Class dancers, CCPAC dancers, B-L High School dancers and other fabulous locals…

Top Ten Fab Flash Mobs Ever…

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SC Poultry Festival

By:  Crissie Miller Kirby

As I write this, life in our little corner of the state has returned to normal.  The hustle and bustle of the last week has given way back to the slow pace of life we typically enjoy, traffic moves slowly and easily along normal routes, and the children of the town are feeling slightly depressed.  You might think that this would be the scene in the days following Christmas, but for Batesburg-Leesville, this is life following the 3-day-event known as the SC Poultry Festival.  In its 26th year, the festival is still going strong and appeared to be well attended.  The festival pays homage and recognition to the importance of the poultry industry to our state, and indeed our little town as Amick Farms, Columbia Farms, and Gentry’s Poultry all have operations located within a few mile radius of the town center.  Many of our family and friends are poultry growers or work for one of the aforementioned companies; others of us are employed in an agri-business that finds many of its customers in the poultry industry.

I could spend pages detailing the events of the festival.  Suffice to say that our little town does it up right and offers so much that our population swells to nearly 100,000 during the festivities.  From beauty queens and barbecued chicken to volleyball and corn hole, rides and games to crafts and chicken calling contests (seriously), a parade filled with local middle school and high school bands, local dignitaries, and even Cocky and the Clemson Tiger.  There are 3 stages offering different musical choices.  The pinnacle of the festival is the fireworks display around 9:15 p.m.; which for a little town, we know how to get your attention with the fireworks.

Again, I could go on and on, however, I am going to keep it short and just let you enjoy the fireworks from the festival: