Okra News

The official blog for the Irmo Okra Strut Festival.

Stars of A&E’s Live PD to be Grand Marshals

September 6, 2017 – Irmo, S.C. – The Lexington Medical Center Irmo Okra Strut announced today

that the stars of A&E’s Live PD, Deputy Chris Mastrianni, Deputy Kevin Lawrence, and Sheriff Leon Lott will be the Grand Marshals of the Annual Okra Strut parade on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 9 a.m.

“The parade is a highlight of the two-day festival,” said Larry Slaughter, Chairman of the Okra Strut Commission. “We are honored to have these fine men be our Grand Marshals and hope they draw even more people out to cheer them on. They certainly deserve it.”


The 2017 Lexington Medical Center Irmo Okra Strut will be held Friday, September 29th and Saturday, September 30th at the Irmo Community Park at 7507 Eastview Drive in Irmo, S.C.


The two-day Okra Strut draws more than 50,000 people from all over the Southeast. The festival features live music, The Okra Strut Parade, carnival rides, art & crafts, food and drink concessions, and an Okra Eating Contest.

“We have some big plans to add even more okra inspired aspects this year,” said Slaughter. “We will have The Official Pickled Okra of the Okra Strut, a Best Okra Recipe Contest, and have plans to introduce a dance called The Okra Strut.”

As for live music, Friday night will feature Terence Young and the Finesse Band, opening for the Root Doctors. On Saturday, the main stage will be rocking with the Blue Pickups, opening for Mothers Finest. The Okra Strut is a FREE festival and requires NO admission price. Individual fees do apply for rides, amusements, and food and beverage concessions. Friday will feature a Ride all Night wrist band for the cost of a $15.

The Okra Strut is free and will be held September 29-30, 2017 at the Irmo Community Park in Irmo, S.C. The event is organized by the seven member Okra Strut Commission which was established as part of the Town of Irmo code.