The Galivants Ferry Stump has been a tradition for 143 years. It is usually held on even numbered years, and is a way for Democratic candidates across the state to connect with their constituents. Speeches, meeting the candidates face-to-face, delicious chicken bog, and excitement are always on the agenda. People think of it as old-time politics--the way it should be.
For the first time in history there will be a change this year--it will be held today, on an odd numbered year, and for Presidential candidates.
Sally Howard, organizer of the Stump, said as the field of Democratic presidential candidates grew this year, she got a number of requests from voters about hosting a new type of Stump - a presidential one. She said many doubted the candidates would agree to come to a small, rural town like Galivants Ferry. However with lots of work, she made it happen.
"It took months - literally months - of planning, working through schedules," Howard said. "With lots of phone calls, and lots of follow up, and more follow up, and more follow up, several said yes."
On Monday evening, Senator Amy Klobuchar, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio, and former Vice President Joe Biden will all speak at the Gallivants Ferry Convenience Store.
Admission and parking are free for the Stump. It begins at 5:00 p.m today, with candidates scheduled to speak at 6:00 p.m.
The Gallivants Ferry Convenience Store
135 US-501, Galivants Fry, SC 29544
If you're wondering why they call it a "stump," it's because back in the day, the candidates would stand on top of a tree stump so they could be seen during their speeches. Here is a great video showing memories throughout the years.