Irmo is a town in Lexington and Richland counties in the U.S. state of South Carolina and a suburb of Columbia. It is 12 miles outside of the city center of Columbia and is part of the Columbia Metropolitan Statistical Area.
It was chartered on Christmas Eve in 1890 in response to the opening of the Columbia, Newberry and Laurens Railroad. The name of Irmo was the result of combining the names of Captain C.J. Iredell and Henry Moseley, two important figures in the founding of the town. Despite the town’s growth, it does not have an actual downtown area. Rather, it includes only several clusters of suburban neighborhoods.
It is also home to the annual Okra Strut. The Okra Strut is a festival and parade held every year in the town of Irmo. The Irmo Okra Strut Parade remains the largest in the entire state of South Carolina to this day, typically lasting over two hours in duration. The 2011 Irmo Okra Strut Festival was held at the Irmo Village shopping center again on Friday, September 23 & Saturday, 24, 2011.
Irmo School Districts