Visitors driving to the northern end of the Myrtle Beach area will pass through the small inland town of Loris on Highway 9. Located 35 miles northwest of Myrtle Beach, many find this close-knit town well worth the time to stop and explore. Loris began as a railroad town serving the lumber industry in the late 1880s and became the first town in the state to have its own newspaper, high school, bank, telephone system and doctor.
Today, a revitalized downtown offers shopping, dining and southern hospitality. The local farmers market is a feast of fresh produce, home baked goods and arts and crafts. Nearby, the Waccamaw River is home to a wide array of wildlife, and the local environmental education center’s annual Forever Wild Swampfest is a unique opportunity to learn more about the natural world.
On the third Saturday of every October, Loris is host to the Great Loris Bog-Off Festival. The day-long event celebrates this local dish of rice, chicken and sausage with a day of fun and festivity that attracts more than 25,000 people each year. The highlight of the day is the Bog-Off competition. Even though the ingredients are basically the same, each cook has their own special combination of seasonings and secret ingredients. Visitors come prepared to sample and enjoy this popular local dish.