FLW Outdoors is the sanctioning organization for a series of sport fishing tournament tours, the best known being the WalMart FLW Tour of high-stakes bass fishing tournaments.

$500,000 will been awarded to the winner of this years tournament, weigh ins will be at Colonial Life Arena with a free concert, Expo event, and much more all week long!

Come join in the excitement of hosting the “Super Bowl of Bass Fishing” right here in Lake Murray Country.

The organization’s initials are taken from Forrest L. Wood, founder of Ranger Boats and developer of the Ranger fishing boat. The top bass tournament on the FLW Tour, the Forrest Wood Cup, is also named for Wood; the tournament was the first to offer a $1 million prize for the winner, in 2007.

The FLW Tour was created by businessman Irwin L. Jacobs, owner of Genmar, the world’s largest manufacturer of recreational boats (including Ranger, Wood’s former company). Jacobs bought a small fishing-tournament promotion company based in Gilbertsville, Kentucky, United States, and renamed the company’s tour as the FLW Tour. Jacobs’ plan was to turn the tour into the object of major media coverage, with larger cash prizes, a television-friendly competition format, and sponsorships from well-known corporations from outside the fishing industry. Jacobs promptly signed the biggest company of them all — WalMart — which became the title sponsor for the FLW Tour, which was the first such sponsorship in the giant retailer’s history.

For more information, follow this link to find the event schedule:



Enjoy the activities, the shade, and the BBQ, hot dogs, hamburgers, and peach cobbler. BBQ plate lunches will be available in the park beginning at 11 a.m. Other food items available are BBQ pork and chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, hamburgers, peach ice cream, peach cobbler, peach slush, peach parfaits, peach zip, peach berry split, peach sundaes, peach tea, peach delights, fresh peaches, soft drinks, bottled water, and iced tea. Plate lunches and cobbler are only available during the lunch hours.  Peach cobbler usually sells out early!

The Gilbert Community Club has been sponsoring the Lexington County Peach Festival since 1958.
Miss & Master Peach Pageants –  June 28 – 10:00 am – Gilbert Primary School Cafetorium

Junior Peach Pageant – June 28 – 2:00 pm – Gilbert Primary School
Miss Peach Pageant – June 28 – 7:00 pm – Gilbert Primary School Cafetorium
Peach Recipe Contest – July 4 – 9:00 am – Gilbert Primary School Cafetorium
Peach Parade – July 4 – 9:30 am- Hampton, Main Streets
Antique Car Show – July 4 – 8:00 am – 2:00 pm – Gilbert Middle School
Revolutionary War Re-enactment – July 4 – 8:30 am – 4:30 pm – East of Gilbert Middle School
Firework Show –  July 4 – 10:00 p – Behind Gilbert Primary School
Art & Craft Exhibits  – July 4 – all day – Rikard Circle (Community Park)
Live Entertainment – July 4 – all day – Gilbert Community Park
Tractor Show –  July 4 – all day – Gilbert Community Park


The Justin Pepper Foundation is sponsoring Lake Cleanup Day on Saturday, July 12, 2014

Volunteers will meet at the following sites: The Night Harbor Club House (Chapin) 824 Yacht Club Pointe AND The Hallmark Shores Boat Ramp (Lexington) Dead End of Merry Drive (Off West Circle Drive)

Volunteers meet at 8:30 AM. Boats will pull out at 8:45 AM sharp. Teams will be assigned for each boat. Each team will receive a Survival Kit (water, sun screen, first aid items), a Trash Retrieval Kit (trash bags, gloves), and a Lake Map.

Teams will go out to assigned islands on Lake Murray for trash pick up. After trash pick up (approximately Noon), travel by boat to the Moore Family Lake House (931 Sugar Mill Road, Chapin) for lunch. Hamburgers and Hot Dogs, Chips, Tea and Lemonade. Participation certificates for volunteer hours will be available at the lunch site.

We will return to the original departure sites at approximately 1:30 PM. Contact us for additional information as needed.

The Justin Pepper Foundation Office……. 803-932-2222
Lexington Information……… James Driggers @ 803-960-8904


Presented by the Greater Chapin Chamber of Commerce & Greater Irmo Chamber of Commerce
When:  Tuesday  July 15, 2014
Where: Rusty Anchor Restaurant…1925 Johnson Marina Road, Chapin, SC
Time:    5:30pm – 7:30pm
Chamber Members can reserve a table for $100 and Non-Chamber Members can reserve a table for $200.
For more information you can contact the Chamber Girls 803-345-1100.



Saturday, August 2, 2014, Little Mountain Reunion 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM,  Little Mountain Park. Newberry County, SC

high maintenanceHigh Maintenance is a rock band with focus in the 80’s and some 90’s music. All band members are local, from the Irmo, Lexington and West Columbia areas. Neal Dolan – Guitar, Chip Brown – Bass Guitar; Jake Orris – Vocals; Rich Edelson – Guitar; and Sean Brown – Drums High Maintenance has performed locally at Wild Wing Cafe, XS Nightlife, PbJ’s, Dockside Marina, Rusty Anchor, Quarterdeck Marina, Thunder Tower Harley Davidson, Vista Lights, Blue Coyote Bar and Grill, Art Bar, Jillian’s, Timmy Mack’s, State Street Pub and other venues. High Maintenance can boast of international fame, as our lead singer won “Manas Idol” while deployed to Manas AB, Kyrgyzstan.



The Chapin Labor Day Festival and Parade is the community’s signature event, drawing more than 30,000 people to the town to participate in a variety of events, including street fair with food and vendors in historic downtown Beaufort and Clark streets, a 5k walk-run, annual Chapin Library book sale, a classic car show, talent contest, amusement area, and concerts. And community groups, churches, businesses, Chapin High School’s award-winning marching band and elected officials join special guests for the annual parade which loops around the Town Center.

This year’s 35th annual Labor Day Festival and Parade will be held August 30 – September 1, 2014. Our theme is Hooked On Chapin!