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St. Matthias Oyster Roast offers barbecue, catfish stew and more

BY SHARRON HALEY
Clarendon Sun contributor
Posted 1/17/20

SUMMERTON - The third Saturday in January means one thing in Clarendon County's Summerton area: great oysters, great barbecue, John Allen's awesome catfish stew and friends from far and near …

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St. Matthias Oyster Roast offers barbecue, catfish stew and more

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SUMMERTON - The third Saturday in January means one thing in Clarendon County's Summerton area: great oysters, great barbecue, John Allen's awesome catfish stew and friends from far and near gathering for some good eats at the St. Matthias Oyster Roast at 6 p.m. Saturday at Roger Flowers Farms' Tomato Shed on K.W. Hodge Road.

The annual event is a fundraiser for the St. Matthias Montessori Preschool.

"We have a great time every year," said Johnnie Herring, who restarted the annual event 14 years ago after a long hiatus. "We have seen people from as far away as New York attend the event, and of course we have our friends from Clarendon and Sumter counties who have supported the event over the years."

The oyster roast was established more than five decades ago when members of the church, including the late Dr. Marion Davis, decided to host an event that would raise money for the church while bringing the community together, and what better way to do that than to share a meal with your friends and guests?

If past years are any indication of the amount of food that will be consumed that one night, folks need to bring a hefty appetite. Attendees get to feast on more than a ton of oysters, catfish stew and a variety of soups by the gallon, pounds and pounds of mouthwatering barbecue and then they add in sides of coleslaw and banana pudding and coolers teeming with all kinds of drinks.

The venue is perfect for a gathering of hundreds of friends and enough food to fill an army. Roger Flowers Farms' Tomato Shed on K.W. Hodge Road off U.S. 301 between Summerton and Manning hosts the annual event. You can't miss the turn off. If you don't see the sign, just follow the long line of cars and trucks headed to the oyster roast.

Tickets for the event are $40 and can be purchased at St. Matthias Episcopal Church or by calling (803) 485-2504.