After 39 years, there are plenty of people in town who can’t remember springtime in Cheraw without a formal celebration of the season. Over the years, some events have come and gone. This year offers the return of some old favorites, a few new events and at least one canceled event.
The early festivals focused on art and craft displays, local art work, food vendors, and local entertainment. And while the festival has grown from one location to a variety of events all over town, the craft booths and food vendors continue to draw the biggest crowds.
This year marks the return of the car show.
There will be an Antique Fire Truck Parade at 10 a.m. Saturday proceeding down Front, Powe and Second streets. Demonstrations of those trucks will be given in the parking lot of Palmetto Family Medicine, Dr. Novinger’s office, on Second Street, immediately following the parade.
Then Sunday, beginning at 1:30 p.m. the inaugural Cheraw Rescue Squad Cruise-In will be held, also in the parking lot of Palmetto Family Medicine. There is no entry fee to participate, and the cars will not be judged. There will be music and door prizes.
The Pet Parade, scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at the corner of Kershaw and Second Streets, is a first for Cheraw’s Spring Festival. The event, sponsored by Sandhills Animal Hospital, will award prizes in four different categories. There is no entry fee. Pet owners are asked to register before 10:30 a.m. the day of the event. All pets must be leashed or held.
Another traditional event is the Riverside Living History Expo, known by many locals as the Civil War re-enactment. That event takes place all day Saturday and until 3 p.m. Sunday. A “skirmish” will be held each day at 2 p.m.
The back flap of the town’s festival brochure this year promotes a concert for the following weekend, Saturday, April 5, that will not take place. Idlewilde South, a Southern Rock band comprised of Chesterfield County native musicians Mike Crawford, Scotty Crawley, David Lear, and Joe Middleton, were scheduled to play at the Theatre on the Green. Town officials said they have canceled for personal reasons.
There will be plenty of fun and food, as well as food for the soul as the weekend kicks off Friday evening with a free gospel concert beginning at 6 p.m. at the Theatre on the Green.
Ham and Grits with the Masonic Lodge on Third Street begins at 5 p.m. Friday. Saturday morning will offer more Ham and Grits, plus lots of barbecue at the First United Methodist Church, also on Third Street, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
For a complete schedule and list of events for Cheraw Spring Festival 2014, see page 1B.
— Karen Kissiah can be reached by calling 843-537-5261.