Biden to participate in long-standing South Carolina tradition during campaign stop

Former vice president and Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden will be joining in a South Carolina tradition that dates back almost 150 years during one of his next stops in the Palmetto State.

Biden, currently the front-runner in polls of the state’s February primary, is slated to speak at the Galivants Ferry Stump, a Democratic Party event in western Horry County that dates back to 1876, according to a statement from stump officials.

Organizers hope to draw more presidential contenders to the event and have invited several top tier candidates, event spokeswoman Sally Howard said.

Though the event typically takes place in the spring of election years, this election cycle’s stump has been moved up to Sept. 16, so it can be held before South Carolina’s Democratic primary, according to the statement. Biden will be accompanied by live bluegrass music and festival food.

The event will take place at the Pee Dee Farms General Store in Galivants Ferry.

Emily Bohatch helps cover South Carolina’s government for The State. She also updates The State’s databases. Her accomplishments include winning a Green Eyeshade award in Disaster Reporting in 2018 for her teamwork reporting on Hurricane Irma. She has a degree in Journalism with a minor in Spanish from Ohio University’s E. W. Scripps School of Journalism.