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Join us for Red Rose Festival fun

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Caroline Hasty

Downtown Lancaster is celebrating the arrival of spring on May 18 and 19 with the Red Rose Festival. Now in its third year, the rain-or-shine festival offers a chance to come to relax with great music, food and activities.
Events include outdoor concerts, arts, crafts, a kids zone, car show, karate showcase and Radio Disney fun, along with roaming entertainment and more.
Join us from 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday, May 18, and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, in beautiful historic downtown Lancaster.
This year’s festival features more than 75 artisans, crafters and food vendors, as well as an A-list of nationally- and locally-known music artists.
Friday’s fun begins at 5 p.m. with singing of the National Anthem and presentation of colors by the American Legion Post 31.
Soon after, the kids zone will open with free fun for everyone. Your taste buds will enjoy choosing from a delicious menu of funnel cakes, hot dogs, barbecue, fish and fun southern fare. Bring your shagging shoes and dance to the smooth beach sounds by local favorites, Summer Daze. Sucker Punch heats up the stage with rock ‘n roll and top 40 sounds. Topping off the evening is the “Beach Band Of The Decade,” The Tams and the Golden Nugget.
You will enjoy dancing and singing along with national top-10 hits such as, “What Kind of Fool,” Hey Girl,” and “I’ve Been Hurt.”
Saturday’s fun starts at 9 a.m. where artisans and crafters will be on hand selling collectibles, along with hand-crafted items such as art, jewelry, children’s clothing and crafts.
The Lancaster County Arts Council Art Gallery will showcase the Red Rose Festival Photography Contest winners in the historic Springs House from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. with winning photography by Renee Wright.
The kids zone reopens for a free day of amusements, a karate demonstration by Kenaki Karate, and a kids workshop by Home Depot.
New Horizon Community Church will offer a Baby Changing Station for young families. From 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., stroll over to Arch Street for an exciting classic car show where prizes will be awarded and T-shirts will be sold. Proceeds from the car show will benefit the Christian Services.
The city stage comes alive at 9:15 a.m. Saturday with Disney Radio, a high energy Disney DJ talent spinning today’s hottest Top-40 tunes, along with games, contests and Radio Disney prizing.
At 2:30 p.m., Lancaster’s Dance Works will pump up the volume with dancing and great music. After showing their talents, join them in the best of line-dancing.
Join us at 3 p.m. as we welcome our very own bluegrass darlings, The Hinson Girls of Van Wyck. You will enjoy clapping and singing along with bluegrass favorites.
Then, stand back. The Undercover Band will heat up the stage with their top 40 and 70’s rendition of groovy! Back by popular demand, Transit, a vocal band from Raleigh, N.C., will perform its amazing combination of “soaring leads, smooth harmonies, and a thumping rhythm section that demonstrates the power, versatility, and emotion of the human voice.”
The festival would not be complete without the Lancaster Shagging Club inviting you to join in to top off the festival with the Rhythm and Blues Hall of Famers recipients the Chi-Lites, who will bring you to your feet with national top-10 favorites such as “Give More Power To the People, “Have You Seen Her,” and “Oh Girl.”
The 2012 Red Rose Festival promises something for everyone. It’s the event of the year in Lancaster and we hope you will join us to see why we are excited about our Red Rose City.
For details, contact See Lancaster at (803) 289-1498 or chasty@lancastercitysc.com.

– Caroline Hasty is the events and promotions manager for the city of Lancaster.