FORT MILL — Fort Mill’s annual springtime celebration, the South Carolina Strawberry Festival, is underway.
The fourth edition of the award-winning S.C. Strawberry Festival began April 26, with a shindig for the hundreds of festival sponsors and volunteers and ends Saturday with a fireworks show that night.
On Friday, the festival began with The Strawberry Jam, a free outdoor concert in Walter Elisha Park, featuring three stages with musical acts. A diverse lineup of bands includes nationally known Southern rockers The Marshall Tucker Band, best known for a 1970s hit “Can't You See,” Continental Divide, Summer Daze, the Sun Dried Vibes and many more, representing genres from beach music to reggae.
Food and drinks will be for sale during the Jam, and business and arts and crafts vendors will also be selling their wares. The Kids Zone, with rides and inflatables, will also be set upSummer during the Strawberry Jam.
The fun continues on Saturday. Start the morning with a strawberry pancake breakfast at The Peach Stand from 8-11 a.m. and then head to Walter Elisha Park from 10 a.m.-10 p.m., where vendors and the Kid’s Zone will be set up and more musical acts will continue throughout the day. Or, for those who prefer an early morning run to all-you-can-eat pancakes, the Strawberry Festival Cross Country 5K Walk/Run also begins at 8 a.m. Saturday morning, at the Anne Springs Close Greenway.
The classic car show will be set up on North White Street, adjacent to the festival, throughout the day on Saturday. More than 100 classic cars will be on display.
The S.C. Strawberry Festival attracted more than 55,000 people last year and was recently named South Carolina’s Event of the Year for the second straight year.
For more information, go to www.scstrawberryfestival.com or visit the S.C. Strawberry Festival on Facebook.
Fireworks at 9:45 p.m.