Festivals, fun aplenty right here

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By The Staff

You can’t say there is nothing to do around here. Take a look at the calendar and you’ll see fun happenings in and near Lancaster County this weekend.

For starters, there is the 31st annual Kershaw Spring-A-Thon that got under way yesterday. It continues today and Saturday with a full lineup of activities and entertainment.

Today at 6:30 p.m., The Embers will be playing live on Main Street. If you love beach music, fun people and shagging (Carolina style) you are in for a treat.

At 8 a.m. Saturday, the fun continues with a fun run, car show, flea market, horseshoe tournament and many more vendors. Entertainment includes Bubba and Blossom, Ken Adams and Terry King, Andrew Sims and Lower Education, Crooked Creek and Jim Knight and Beverly Small.

The festival is sponssored by Kershaw Chamber of Commerce, Cauthen Motors, Gus’ House of Pizza, Joe’s Florist and Gift Center, Koss Motorsports, Lancaster One Medical, Southern Gas Co., Thomas Drug Store and Williams Financial Services Inc.

On Sunday, you can take a ride just across the county line to the 17th annual Lily Fest at Landsford Canal State Park at the border of Lancaster and Chester counties.

The festival, which is from noon to 5 p.m., celebrates the bloom of the rocky shoals spider lily, a rare white-flowered plant found only in the Southeastern United States.

Naturalists say Landsford Canal State Park has the most abundant population of spider lilies in the world.

The trail that leads to the 20 acres of lilies is about three-fourths of a mile along the shores of the Catawba River.

Folks are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. There is a lot of music planned for the festival, with the rock band Oneppo Brothers headlining. Five other musical acts include blues, easy rock, rock ‘n’ roll and bluegrass.

Food and drinks will also be sold at the festival. The festival usually draws between 1,500 and 2,000 people.

Lily Fest is sponsored by the Katawba Valley Land Trust and Friends of Landsford Canal State Park.

The Van Wyck community will host its annual spring fest from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 22 at the Van Wyck Community Center. The festival features antique tractors, plenty of children’s games and lots of bluegrass music.

Festival-goers are asked to bring lawn chairs and take in the melodies as they sit under the shade of trees. Barbecue and fish plates will be sold during the event.

About 30 arts and crafts vendors will there selling their wares. Other activities include gem mining and train rides for children.

The festival is sponsored by the Van Wyck Community Development Club, Comporium Communications, Home Ice Co. and Choice Beverage.

If you missed the Red Rose Festival last week, you missed a real treat. See Lancaster organizers worked hard to pull the two-day event together. While organizers were pleased with the initial festival, the attendance was lower than expected. Those who did attend had a good time.

See Lancaster organizers plan some changes for next year. We’re grateful for their hard work in this event and wish them a lot of luck with future Red Rose festivals.

You have plenty of opportunities for fun this weekend and next. So grab your sunscreen, caps and chairs and we’ll see you dancing in Kershaw, walking the shores of the Catawba River or listening to bluegrass in Van Wyck.

No need to be bored.