SC Festival of Discovery Gearing Up For Lots of BBQ and Blues
June 30, 2008
Greenwood, SC - The 8th Annual S.C. Festival of Discovery, presented by Carolina Pride, will take place July 10th -12th in Uptown Greenwood, beginning with the Live after Five concert on Thursday, July 10 at Countybank Plaza from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m..
- Sandra Hall, “Empress of the Blues”, will be the featured entertainment for the evening. Following Live After Five, the Greenwood Community Theatre (110 Main Street) Film Series Presents the 1980's hit "The Blues Brothers" (this film is rated R - no children 17 or under without parent or guardian admitted) at 8:00 p.m. Admission for the film is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students.
- Friday, July 11th begins at 5:00 p.m. with McFeely Amusement Rides.
At 6:00 p.m., the public is invited to “Meet and Greet” the BBQ contestants throughout the evening. The annual Greenwood Blues Cruise, sponsored by the Index Journal, will kick off at 6:00 p.m. at the Arts Center at the Federal Building featuring Delta Swagger. Additional entertainment includes Shelley Magee and The Bad Deeds, Drink Small, Matt Walsh Duo, Jeff Norwood, and Wanda Johnson with Shrimp City Slim. The Blues Cruise will take place at various venues in Uptown Greenwood on Friday evening from 6:00 p.m. – midnight.
Saturday, July 12th is highlighted by The Barbecue and Hash Cook-off, along with the BBQ Taster’s Choice. Both Kansas City Barbecue Society judges and the general public are given the opportunity to judge bbq selections from over 75 vendors planning to participate in this year’s competition. This will be Greenwood’s largest barbecue event ever in the history of the S.C. Festival of Discovery with a record breaking number of competitors and bbq vendors participating.
Artisans and crafts vendors will also be on hand throughout the day and entertainment will continue beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the EMBARQ Main Stage throughout the day. The “Blues Cruise” will resume at Uptown venues beginning at 9:00 p.m. – midnight. “What better way to enjoy the Blues with the backdrop aroma of barbecue”, says Shrimp City Slim aka Gary Erwin, Artistic Director for the Blues Cruise.
The S.C. Festival of Discovery was recently awarded the Bundy Award for Tourism at the annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism and Travel. The Bundy Award, sponsored by South Carolina Parks, Recreation, and Tourism (SCPRT) honors outstanding local or regional programs in areas of South Carolina, particularly those that involve placing development projects in rural areas. The award is named in honor of Charles Bundy, a chairman of the former SCPRT Commission who was a pioneer in efforts to ensure that South Carolina’s small towns and rural areas participated in tourism. The Festival achieved a record attendance with last year’s event packing in over 15,000 people in Uptown Greenwood.
For more information and details, visit www.festivalofdiscovery.com for a complete schedule of events.