On Sunday, Anthony Charles and the Blues Dolphins will take the Beaufort Street stage at 8:00 pm, as the final concert of the Beaufort Street Summer Concert Series. This free show was made possible by the generous sponsorship of United Sporting Companies (Ellett Brothers division). Residents are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs, but not their coolers. Refreshments will be available from Carolina Cookin', Tap It Bottles and Brews and the Tipsy Toad Tavern.
Then on Monday, set up for the street vendors and parade will begin at 7:30 am. Roads will be closing at 9:00 am, so all vendors and parade entries need to be at the respective spaces no later than 8:45 am. Starting at 9:30 am, the parade will go straight down Chapin Road from GIS to the Bi-Lo shopping center. A detour route will be available for motorists from the interstate to go down Columbia Avenue to NW Columbia Avenue to Courtland Road. People can take St. Peter's Church Road to Broomstraw to Amicks Ferry Road.
This year parade participants will not be allowed to throw candy from their floats/parade entries. Rather they will need to have volunteers walk alongside their floats to pass candy out to the observers. This is just another safety precaution the town is making to ensure no serious injuries occur. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and support.
"We are looking forward to an entertaining festival and parade," said Mayor Skip Wilson. "This is a wonderful time when our residents and visitors come together for fun and fellowship. We have a number of vendors who will be selling a variety of items, including arts and crafts, jewelry, clothing, and food as well as vendors providing information on a number of causes and services. We have something for everyone so we look forward to another big turnout."
Live entertainment this year features the band Cash Money who will be performing at 11:00 am on the Beaufort Street stage. Other staples include the model train display at the American Legion, the Classic Car Show on Beaufort Street, the Children's Play Area on Clark Street and the annual Chapin Library Book Sale at Town Hall.
The town is still welcoming volunteers to help with the festival. Volunteers are needed to help with checking in vendors, parking assistance, parade set up, and other tasks. You can sign up to help by completing this form or call Karen Owens at Town Hall - 575-8039.
Next week please visit our webpage on the festival to see parade line ups, vendor locations and other event details.