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No shortage of events in area this week

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By Jenny Hartley

No one in Lancaster County should complain that there's nothing to do here this week. From Lancaster to Kershaw, to the air, the streets and local art galleries, there will be something to do for everyone starting Thursday night. Most of the events are free or offered at low cost.

Thursday

• Street Fest, 5 to 9 p.m. downtown Lancaster

Event highlights: Car and bike show, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; live music by Tetrox, 6 to 9 p.m.; food venders; businesses open late; children's activities; Humane Society of Lancaster County's Adopt-athon; Founders Federal Credit Union's Daniel the Spaniel; Lancaster Fire Department's Wee Willie and Freddy the Firetruck; and L&C Railway's museum will be open on South Main Street, with shuttle rides to the museum offered by the Little Blue Choo.

Also: Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce will hold its Business After Hours at Bob Doster's Backstreet Studio from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Parking: Available in various areas downtown

For details: Call See Lancaster at 286-1145

Friday

• Lancaster County Council of the Arts Spring Arts Walk, 5:30 to 9 p.m., downtown Lancaster

Event highlights: This free event begins at LCCA gallery, 201 W. Gay St., with an artist's reception for painter Denise Brown-Bailey, photographer Dana Stogner and potter Pamela Richardson. Businesses that will be open include Picture Perfect, Edwards-Scott House, Stevens Pottery, Purple Rooster, Bob Doster's Backstreet Studio, Howell's Antiques and Chastain's Studio Lofts. Each business will feature a local artist. The home of a future art center, 212 S. Main St., will be open, and residents may sign up for courses that will be offered there in the fall, including organic gardening, print making, crocheting, ballroom dancing, pottery, creative writing and guitar lessons.

Parking: Available in various areas downtown

For details: Call Lancaster County Council of the Arts, 285-7451

Saturday

• Palmetto Thunder Air Show, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Lancaster County Airport

Event highlights: Billed as the region's first major air show in 18 years, the event will feature World War II-era bombers, parachutists, helicopters, military flights and civilian aerobatics, plus a jet-powered school bus that will race a jet plane.

Parking: Available at the former Springs Global customer service center and the Grace plant on S.C. 9. Additional parking will be available at the Lancers Center on the S.C. 9 Bypass, with free shuttling offered by Lancaster Tours.

Tickets: $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 3 to 12 and $10 for active and reserve military personnel with military identification. Tickets may be bought at the airport gate on the days of the show or in advance at See Lancaster, 201 W. Gay St., or at Lancaster Aviation at the airport.

Also: There will be no seating provided, so attendees should bring blankets or chairs. No coolers will be allowed and there will be a designated area for smoking. No alcohol allowed. Food and drink will be for sale, including, barbecue, funnel cakes, hamburgers, hot dogs, ice cream, Italian sausage, turkey and chicken legs.

For details: Call See Lancaster at 286-1145

Saturday

• Kershaw Springathon, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., downtown Kershaw

Event highlights: Festivities begin with a fun run; mini-concert by Andrew Jackson High School Band; and amusements, inflatables, crafts, a petting zoo, vendors, car show, talent show and a "Deal or No Deal" game, a barbecue fundraiser for the Leslie Fund and more. Two people will be picked for the "Deal or No Deal" game – call (803) 475-4933 and "sell yourself" in a message.

For details: For crafts vendors, call (803) 475-9231. For food vendors, call (803) 447-8762. For the car show, call (843) 680-2476. For the talent show, call (803) 475-7495.

Saturday

Lilyfest 2008, noon to 5 p.m., Landsford Canal State Park, off U. S. 21 north of Fort Lawn

Event highlights:The festival celebrates the peak bloom of the rare rocky shoals spider lily. Landsford Canal boasts the largest population of the lily in the world. Hike down the 3/4-mile trail to an overlook of the lilies. Music groups will play. Drinks and snacks available. Bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Cost: $2 for adults, $1.25 for seniors

For details: go to www.southcarolinaparks.com

Sunday

•  Palmetto Thunder Air Show, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lancaster Airport

Shows and exhibits will be identical to Saturday's events.

Complied by senior reporter Jenny Hartley