Squealin’ on the Square celebrates its 19th year of bringing family fun and delicious barbecue to the historic Laurens downtown. The first weekend of October each year sees the downtown square come alive with live music, arts & crafts, food and especially barbecue.

The two-day event kicks off Friday (4-10 p.m.) and runs through on Saturday (10 a.m.-8 p.m.).

Squealin’ on the Square is presented by the non-profit Main Street Laurens as a way of raising funds to assist in its efforts to revitalize the historic downtown district. All proceeds from the event go back into the organization to help with projects such as facade grants for businesses, marketing of downtown, decorative lighting downtown and implementation of the new Downtown Master Plan.

Carnival rides include a kiddie Ferris Wheel, Mechanical Bull, Tempest, Trackless Train, inflatables, concession trailer and more.

The event is free and open to the public.


Friday, Oct. 4

12-10 p.m. – BBQ sales.

4-10 p.m. – BBQ & food sales, arts/crafts.

5 p.m. – Down on the Farm Princess Pageant.

5-7 p.m. – Vinyl (music)

8-10 p.m. – Vance Kennedy & Barksdale Station (music).

Saturday, Oct. 5

9 a.m. – Run Hog Wild (mile run), presented by Laurens Police Dept. & Laurens Y.

9 a.m. – 4-H Down on the Farm (dog show).

8 a.m.-2 p.m. – Laurens County Cruisers classic car cruise-in & car show.

9 a.m.-4 p.m. – 4-H Down on the Farm (all-day events): antique engine & tractor show; petting zoo; Farm Yard Children’s Area; Hack Your Harvest educational & fundraising tables for 4-H (behind Community Bank).

9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. – BBQ & food sales, arts/crafts.

10 a.m.-12 p.m. – West End String Trio (music).

11 a.m. – 4-H Down on the Farm: Dog Costume Contest and Dog Obedience & Agility Competition.

12 p.m. – Pickle Eating Contest (Main Stage).

12:15 p.m. – Parade of Power.

11 a.m.-3 p.m. – Roving entertainment.

12:30-2:30 p.m. – Jukebox 45 (music).

2:30 p.m. – Zaxby’s Insane Wing Eating Contest.

3-5 p.m. – Soulified 7 (music).

3 p.m. – Laurens Rotary Duck Race (Little River Amphitheater).

5-5:30 p.m. – BBQ Awards Ceremony (Main Stage).

6-8 p.m. – The Flashbacks (music).