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Festivals aplenty this month

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Rich Hill, Indian Land and Tradesville celebrate fall

By Jesef Williams

Local festivals are aplenty this month, as summer winds down and we transition into fall.
Here’s a rundown of some of the events on tap in the county for September. Coincidentally, all three listed below occur on the same day.

Rich Hill festival

The Rich Hill fall festival, which for the second year features a tractor show and pull, is set for Sept. 29 at the Rich Hill Community Center, 2891 Rocky River Road.

Gates open at 9 a.m. General admission is $8.

Senior citizens have to pay $7 while children 12 and younger are free.

The event will include a children’s tractor pull, a pumpkin patch, hay rides, pumpkin painting, face painting, inflatables and more.  

Proceeds from the festival benefit the community center, which performs outreach such as assisting locals facing steep medical expenses.

Damon Mungo, one of the event organizers, says there will be plenty of food available at the festival, including apple pies and funnel cakes.

“It’s a family event that will be fun for everyone,” he said. “All kinds of activities.”
For more information, call (803) 288-2889 or (803) 283-7932.

Indian Land Fall Festival

The Indian Land Rotary Club has again organized the annual Indian Land Fall Festival, which also includes the third annual S.C. Chili Cookoff.

The festival, now in its seventh year, will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 29 at City of Light, 3000 WorldReach Drive in Indian Land, right off U.S. 521.

Entertainment is set to include musical acts, inflatables, a rock wall and pony rides, among many other activities.
New this year will be a 5K and car show.

“We have plenty to offer for children of all ages at this year’s festival,” said Adam Cooper, president of the Indian Land Rotary Club. “We will have a kid’s area, which will include some fun activities and games. We will have entertainment scheduled which, in the past, have included bands, karate demonstrations, dance demonstrations and even a belly dancer.”

For more information, visit  www.indianlandfallfestival.com or call (803) 548-7141.

Tradesville festival
Also on Sept. 29, event-goers will be able to take in the Tradesville Fall Festival, which for more than 20 years has been organized as a fundraiser for the Tradesville Volunteer Fire Department.

A barbecue sale is the main cog of the event.  

Line-up for the traditional parade is at 10:30 a.m.

The parade, set to begin at 11 a.m., starts at Springhill Baptist Church and ends at the fire department, where the barbecue sale will take place.

Plates, at $7 apiece, will include barbecue pork or chicken halves, baked beans, slaw and a drink.
Patrons can eat there or get their food to go.

“Just come out and have a good time and enjoy great food,” said department Chief Jason Laney said.
The fire department is located at 2145 Old Camden Highway.
For more information, call (803) 246-3103.

Contact reporter
Jesef Williams at (803) 283-1152