Food Vendor Application

The Irmo Okra Strut Festival

The 48th Annual Okra Strut was a HUGE success! Want to join us in 2023?

See FAQ's Guidelines

Food Vendor Park Location

Food Vendors take up the 200 spaces of the map. When you arrive you will pull in to the parking lot that holds the 400 spaces to begin set up.

* Map of 2021 Okra Strut, some minor changes will be made to the 2023 Okra Strut event map.

Okra Strut Vendor FAQ:

1: Date and Times of Okra Strut?

Friday September 29th 2023 starting around 6pm. We will have live musical performances, amusement rides, food and drinks. Lastly we are excited to announce “Under The Canopy” will be back! Ready just in time for Friday at the Strut! Under the trees just beyond the stage we will have tables decorated for a nice dinner, with twinkling lights just over head. You will have a view of the stage in the distance and hear the music at the perfect level for a dinner conversation. As an added bonus, again this year all food vendors will be serving until 11pm and they will be offering your favorites right next to local artists and craft vendors. Check back soon for our main stage musical line up for 2023!

Saturday September 30th 2023. The 49th Annual Irmo Okra Strut Parade will be held around 9am. The Grand Marshals will be announced soon! The parade will be located on St. Andrews RD, between Wescott Rd. and Lake Murray BLVD.

Saturday after the parade starting around 10am the Okra Strut festivities will begin in the Irmo Community Park. There will dozens of vendors and exhibitors for you to stop by and participate. Many will have games or free samples as well as items for purchase. Under The Canopy will be another fun spot on Saturday with free crafting activities throughout the day for children! Or enjoy some shopping of local artists for those early holiday presents.

The amusement rides will be up and running and we will have attractions on the big stage all day. These attractions include local performances, Okra Eating Contests and lots more. The 2023 headlining musical acts will be announced as soon as we know, check back! Enjoy dinner Under The Canopy again, a great date night for those who love great music and delicious food.

2: Parking and Road Closures

Parking

We heard your complaints and want to make parking easier this year. Parking will be at the following locations:

  1. Irmo Elementary School Address: 7401 Gibbes St, Irmo, SC 29063
  2. Union United Methodist Church Address: 7582 Woodrow St, Irmo, SC 29063
  3. Irmo Community Park: 7473 Church St. Irmo SC 29063
    Onsite parking. Entrance cost $20.00 cash only open Friday 9/23 from 5:30PM to 11:00PM Saturday open from 9:00AM to 10:00PM no overnight parking all cars must be removed at end of each day. Subject to ticket and or towing. No in and out privileges. Free shuttle is still running from our two other parking locations. Handicap bus is now picking up from Union United Church

Shuttle Buses will be at each location every 20 mins for pick up and drop off.

Road Closures

The South Carolina Department of Transportation has approved the following roads to be closed for the 2021 Okra Strut:
Friday Sept. 23rd: ***FESTIVAL***

  • *Eastview Dr. (between Battery Rd. & Lake Murray Blvd.) 12pm UNTIL 11:30pm

Saturday Sept. 24th: ***PARADE***
The following roads will close at 8:50am, and the parade will start at 9am from Crossroads Middle:

  • *St. Andrews Rd. (between Wescott Rd. & Lake Murray Blvd.)
  • *Gibbes St. (Entire street)
  • *Lexington Ave. (between Gibbes St. & Lake Murray Blvd.)

***FESTIVAL***

  • *Eastview Dr. (between Battery Rd. & Lake Murray Blvd.) 6am UNTIL 11:30pm
  • Church street is one-way entire festival entering into park from Lake Murray, Mosley Street is one-way exiting from park.

3: When will I know if I am a food vendor?

You will receive an email from John Lindower at okrastrutvendor@gmail.com once you are approved or if you are denied. The email will hold all of your information.

 

4: What time do I arrive to drop off my equipment?

The size of your unit and where you are located in the park determines when you can come drop off your truck. The earliest is Wednesday Sept 20th. Reach out to john Lindower at okrastrutvendor@gmail.com for more information.

 

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