Cheraw Hosts Spring Festival
Cheraw, S.C., the beautiful old town on the banks of the Great Pee Dee River, celebrates spring with its 32nd Spring Festival March 30-April 1. Highlights of the festival include a Civil War camp and battle reenactments, a chili cook-off, children's fair and an arts and crafts show.
The beauty of the town itself is always a big part of the event, and festival chair Phil Powell says that he expects the town to be in full bloom. Thousands of visitors come to this historic town in northeastern South Carolina each year for this spring rite.
Events start with a Jubilation and a ham and grits supper on Friday night. On both Saturday and Sunday, bands, dancers and clowns entertain the crowd.
Visitors have the opportunity to sample a wide variety of foods from foreign favorites to barbecue and home-baked treats.
More than 100 craftsmen are on site along with a fine arts show.
Both days feature a Civil War Living History camp at Riverside Park. The re-enactors will stage two battles, Saturday night lantern tours and a period church service on Sunday. On nearby Second Street, the Thomas family will display their remarkable quarter-scale steam engine.
Saturday-only events include a Chili Cook-Off, a canoe float at Cheraw State Park, a softball tournament and barbecue, as well as a downtown children's fair with rides and petting zoo, face painting and children's games. A classic car show and an organ concert join other events on Sunday.
Although many events are free, some may require pre-registration or tickets.
Many visitors also play golf or shop for antiques while they are in town.
Cheraw is reached from I-95 by U.S. 52 and S.C. 9 and by U.S. 1.
For more information on events, restaurants and lodging visit www.cheraw.com or call toll free 888 537-0014.
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