Next weekend, McGuinn Hybrid Homes is giving away a 55-inch TV and various gift cards at the South Carolina Poultry Festival. For 32 years, this annual event turns Batesburg-Leesville into the fried chicken mecca of the South. Hundreds of thousands of hungry visitors flock to Batesburg-Leesville for the festival, which raises money for local charities and community initiatives.South Carolina’s poultry industry accounts for more than $1 billion in annual revenue—processing eggs, chicken, turkey, and other poultry. The idea for the Poultry Festival arose back in 1986. The owner of a local restaurant known for its amazing fried chicken pitched it to members of the Leesville Merchants Association. They embraced the idea and laid the plans for the first celebration, which took place in May 1987 and drew 20,000 people to the Twin Cities.The Poultry Festival kicks off Thursday, May 9, at 5 p.m. Spend an evening experiencing the carnival amusements, food, and live entertainment. And if you’ve never attended a Southern fair, get ready for the mouthwatering specialties, like chicken and waffles, bird dogs (chicken on a stick), funnel cakes, and just about anything that can be fried (Oreos, pickles, green tomatoes). The cake auction happens on Saturday night at 8:30. Of course, the #1 World’s Best Chicken Cooking Contest is a must-see!On Saturday, get started with the 5K road race (fun run and walk) so you can burn off some of those calories. Plan to come running to the Chicken Calling Contest at 11:30 a.m. With 6 stages, there’s continuous entertainment happening throughout the festival. The K-9 Flight Frisbee Dogs will take you to new heights with a demonstration of their leaping and catching skills. The schedule also includes golf, corn hole, and volleyball competitions, antique car show, parade, street dance, and one of the largest fireworks spectacles this area ever sees! Click here to see the full schedule and venues.As a local homebuilder, McGuinn Hybrid Homes wasn’t about to miss out on the fun. We’ll have a tent to show off the energy-efficient features and other benefits of our new construction homes. Visitors can register to win a 55-inch television and a variety of gift cards to be given away at the end of the 3-day homage to poultry. Be sure to stop by and say “hi!”Some of the money raised from all the fun happening over these 3 days goes toward college scholarships for high school seniors and students of Poultry Science at nearby Clemson University. In addition, funds have helped with local improvements, like adding a walking track around the town park.As one of South Carolina’s most popular annual celebrations, the South Carolina Poultry Festival highlights the Southern spirit and hospitality that is a natural part of living here. When you discover what we already know—that Leesville-Batesburg—is a great place to live, take some time after the festivities to visit our new homes on Lee Street in Batesburg. If you’re taking part in the fun run, these homes are just beyond the route, so walk, run, or drive over for a closer look.We’re building single-family homes with modern amenities, like granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, wood floors, open floor plan, 9-foot ceilings, soaking tub in the master bath, a patio or deck, and a 2-car garage. Each of these single-family homes also includes our energy-saving features: natural gas heat, tankless water heater, Low-E windows, thermal air barriers, dual programmable thermostats, ENERGY STAR appliances, and slow-flow faucets. The Lee Street homes are affordably priced from just $164,900 for the 1,663-square-foot Brookshire design and $179,900 for the Carson 4 Bedroom floor plan with 2,066 square feet. We have only a few homes on this quiet, tree-lined street. Don’t miss the chance to make Batesburg your hometown.. The Batesburg-Leesville area outside Columbia, SC, blends the serenity of small-town living with the convenience of being close to the lakes and the city. If you find the perfect location somewhere else, talk to us about building on your land! Contact McGuinn Hybrid Homes to see what could be hatching in your future.