No one’s advertising free food, but downtown Cheraw is promising a virtual buffet of free entertainment for the 37th Annual Cheraw Spring Festival this weekend. From 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday, entertainers are lined up to perform at the Community Center, Laney Landing and Centennial Park, on the corner of Market and Second streets. Sunday’s events are scheduled between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Many returning food vendors, with Spring Festival favorites such as chicken gyros, funnel cakes and homemade suckers, will be here again, said Lisa O’Neal, festival coordinator for the Cheraw Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department.
Two of the best new things about this year’s festival, said O’Neal, will be the addition of more food choices at both the Community Center and Centennial Park, and lots more games for the children.
“Last year,” said O’Neal, “the kids games were a big hit.” This year, she expects them to be even bigger, and better.
Speaking of big hits, the beach band out of Charlotte known as the Tsunami Wave Riders, will be performing at the Community Center in the early afternoon Saturday. Information and listening samples are easily accessible on the web for this group whose musical influences include Harry Belafonte, Jimmy Buffett, Bob Marley, Don Ho, Baha Men, The Drifters, Kenny Chesney, Uncle Kracker and the Beach Boys.
2012 SPRING FESTIVAL ENTERTAINMENT
SATURDAY, MARCH 31
10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Cheraw Recreation Gymnastics, Preschool & Beginner
11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Nikki’s School of Dance
11:45 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. Cheraw Recreation Gymnastics, Intermediate & Advanced
12:45 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Tsunami Wave Riders Island Party Band
1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Cheraw Recreation Gymnastics, Junior & Senior Teams
2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Tsunami Wave Riders Island Party Band
3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. The Fettucini Brothers
4:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. The New Town Prophets
Strolling the Festival : Jingles the Clown & The Fettucini Brothers
Also on Saturday, at Centennial Park:
11:00 a.m. – 11:45 p.m. The Emeralds, Cheraw sponsored by Buddy Brooks State Farm Insurance
12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Phazar, sponsored by Kiwanis Club
1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Serendipity of Cheraw
2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Phazar sponsored by Kiwanis Club
4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Stepping Out Dance Company
5:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. Community Step Show Group from Cheraw
SUNDAY, APRIL 1
1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Cheraw Recreation Martial Arts
2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Folk Singer Veronika Jackson
3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Redeemed and Rejoicing Band
4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Red Letter Ministry Band
Strolling the Festival: Jingles the Clown & Boo Boo the Clown
Sponsors of this year’s Spring Festival include: Progress Energy, Carolina Canners, Northeastern Technical College, Highland Industries, Wannamaker’s Drug Store, State Farm, and Kiwanis Club of Cheraw