Festival another success

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On behalf of the city of Lancaster, I would like to send a shout out to everyone who made Lancaster’s fourth annual Red Rose Festival a success. These individuals brought their talents and energy, which created an atmosphere of family and fun, to an estimated 7,000 folks to our beautiful city.
Special thanks to the festival committee and volunteers, Faynette Waldrop, Eric Rowell, Melanie Outlaw, Hunter Thompson, Dennis Funderburk, Ronnie Sowell, Blondean Funderburk, Renee Baker, Mark Denise, Mark Baker, Glyn Hasty, Gigi Hasty, Mary Fargalla, Renee Addison and Connie Riggins. We also thank city staff, Jimola Wade, Tom Lever, Chucky Broughton, Brian Harris, Tim Harper, Tracy Rabon, Rhonda Fortune, Devin Stevenson, Karen Proctor, Grace Hilton, Teresa Meeks, Greg Proctor, Pindarus McGriff, Leigh Starnes, Jeffrey Wemes, Pratt McIIwain, Jackie Tinsley and Cherry Doster.
We also thank our wonderful emcees. On Friday night, Interstate 107FM’s Chuck Boozer and Mayor Pro Tem John Howard kicked off the evening, which included singing of the national anthem by Elaine Reece and presentation of colors by members of the State Guard, American Legion Post and National Guard. We thank Saturday emcee Tony Shehane of Sunday Bluegrass for introducing the morning bands and CN2’s Laurabree Monday and WSOC’s morning meteorologist Keith Monday for hosting the festival’s finale.
The strength of the festival lies within the core of the planning. I would like to thank Lancaster Police Chief Harlean Howard and Fire Chief Chuck Small for ensuring that the site was a secure and safe location throughout the location.
Thank you city of Lancaster for supporting our efforts in building the festival as a destination for our visitors and community to experience the Red Rose City.
 Caroline B. Hasty
Events and promotions manager for city
of Lancaster