Return of the Bojangles Southern 500 Party

The Darlington Downtown Revitalization Association will hold a party to kick off Race Week activities downtown with the Return of the Bojangles Southern 500 Party from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, August 28, at historic Liberty Lane sponsored by Hampton Inn & Suites of Hartsville. This dressy event will feature live music by Speak Easy Band of Florence, heavy hors d’oeuvres catered by local businesses, adult beverages, and more TBA! (Think autographs!) Slim Jim All Pro Series National Champion Hal Goodson will attend with his race care. Tickets are $50 and are limited to 200 guests. Tickets will include a collectible lanyard and numbered ticket. Must be 21 and older to attend. Tickets will be available in August from the DDRA office, 410 Pearl St., and other locations TBA. The venue features a mural by Columbia, S.C., artist Blue Sky and the hand prints of all the winners of the Southern 500 Darlington race from 1950 to 2000. For tickets to attend this once in a lifetime event, call Lisa Rock at 398-4000 x 103. Proceeds with benefit the Darlington Downtown Revitalization Association and its projects to improve the business climate in Darlington, specifically starting a sign and building improvement grant. Past projects include streetscaping and parking lots downtown, free business seminars, the Build Up Darlington program, the Veteran’s Memorial, Market on Darlington Square, and more, including new banners to welcome Race Fans going up this year!