Berry good turnout for annual spring festival

news@fortmilltimes.comMay 6, 2013 

— The weather might have felt more like winter, but spring is officially here as Fort Mill’s annual springtime celebration, the South Carolina Strawberry Festival, ended with a bang.

Saturday night’s fireworks show capped a week of fun that began April 26, with a shindig for the hundreds of festival sponsors and volunteers and ends Saturday with a fireworks show that night.

The first weekend of festivities included the Strawberry Festival Pageant and a returning favorite, Pick-N-Flick, allowed people to pick strawberries then enjoy an outdoor family movie.

Friday and Saturday drew tens of thousands of visitors. Friday, the festival began with The Strawberry Jam, a free outdoor concert series in Walter Elisha Park, featuring three stages with musical acts. A diverse lineup of bands included nationally known Southern rockers The Marshall Tucker Band, best known for a 1970s hit “Can't You See,” Continental Divide, On the Border, Summer Daze, the Sun Dried Vibes and many more, representing genres from beach music to reggae.

On The Border, an Eagles cover band, sounded just like the real thing.

The Kids Zone featured rides and inflatables. There was also a classic car show, the always popular pig races, a recipe contest and more.

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. Official attendance numbers have not yet been released but some organizers said it appeared that attendance this year may have surpassed 2012.

For more information, go to www.scstrawberryfestival.com or visit the S.C. Strawberry Festival on Facebook.

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