Welcome Race Fans!

By Lisa Rock

DDRA Executive Director


COVID can’t keep us down! We have a variety of events, eating and shopping opportunities for you to explore! While you are here for the race, the Darlington Downtown Revitalization Association invites you to #ShopDarlington with our local stores, restaurants, and shops. Take a photo of you at your favorite, and tag the DDRA, @ddraSC, using the hash tag #ShopDarlington. We will cross-post it to our Facebook page, DarlingtonDowntown, and we will post our favorite in The News & Press. Darlington Raceway will host the third annual Terrence Carraway Memorial 5K presented by Brown’s RV Superstore at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 2. The Southeastern Bluegrass Association of South Carolina presents a great youth band Mountain Highway from Virginia at its monthly concert and jam session on Saturday, Sept. 4, at The Grand Old Post Office, 201 Pearl St. The party continues Saturday night from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. as Level 10 Band & Show brings downtown alive with a free concert at the Public Square. Thanks to the Pee Dee Regional Transportation Authority, there will be a shuttle to take visitors between the track and downtown Saturday night from 6:30-10:30 p.m. Stops include the Old Bi-Lo Plaza (DART bus stop), Young’s Campground, Tunnel Road at Indian Branch, Sunset at Tunnel Road, parking lot at Gas-N-Go / Bargain Bens on SC151, Blackwell Circle at Track’s Credentials Office, Raceway Grill, and the Public Square at the Mural Parking Lot. Find buried treasures along the Darlington Antiques Trail. Stops include B&B Variety & Antiques, 703 Pearl St.; The Collectors Box, 114 Cashua St.; Darlington County Historical Commission, 204 Hewitt St.; Darlington Raceway Stock Car Museum, 1301 Harry Byrd Highway; Scarlett’s Antiques, 500 E. Broad St.; So-lina Auction Market Inc., 2085 Lamar Highway; and Pee Dee Treasures, 117 E. Broad St. Or play a round of golf at the Darlington Country Club, 125 Country Club Road. Getting hungry? Fill up at a meat-and-three full of Southern charm at Jewel’s Deluxe on the Public Square or Joe’s Grill, 306 Russell St. Enjoy flavorful options at Chianti’s Wings & Things at 136 Cashua St. or at S.C. House of Wings at 500 Pearl St. Try Italian favorites from the drive-thru at Mamma Mia’s Italian Kitchen or Mexican fare at Tenampa Mexican Restaurant. All are downtown within walking distance of the Darlington Veterans Memorial and Old Darlington Mural. Try some tasty seafood at Bay Island Seafood, 1316 S. Main St., or Mayflower Seafood, 1765 Harry Byrd Highway. For barbecue favorites, there’s Nick’s BBQ, 310 S. Main St., Fahrenheit 255 at 26 Public Square, Hunt Brothers BBQ at 1503 S. Main St., or Lindbergh’s BBQ, 1215 S. Main St. Step back to the 1950s for American and Greek specialties for breakfast, lunch, or dinner at Taki’s Diner, 609 Pearl St. Catch a taste of Southern Charm at 1022 Pearl St. Look for the race car on the roof of Raceway Grill, 1207 Harry Byrd Highway, to check out some great racing memorabilia and tasty American food right next to the track. Check out unique fashions at Merle Norman, 84 Public Square; Raven’s Closet, 18 Public Square; or Roses, 502 Pearl St. Looking for something more than the average gift? Drop by Flower Baskets By Becky, 204 Russell St., or Shannon’s Salon & Gifts, 1033 Pearl St. Stop by the Liberty Lane Walk of Fame to see the Southern 500 mural and the handprints of all the Southern 500 winners from 1950 to 2000. The brick walkway connects downtown parking to Pearl Street and the Public Square. We hope you enjoy your time in Darlington and come back to see us!

Author: Rachel Howell

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