Every year, the end of October holds a fascination for many of us. For example, take a full moon mixed with ghost stories or the ghosts and goblins of Halloween night: creepy.
However, this year in Newberry County, thanks to M.C. Yarbrough, we will be able to explore these fantasies during the entire month. You see, last year, M.C. came back from Pendleton where they were celebrating their Scarecrow Contest and convinced the Newberry Jaycees as well as your Newberry County Chamber of Commerce to endorse a Scarecrow Convention right here in Newberry County.
So this year we are promoting the first ever Newberry County Scarecrow Convention. Competition started on Sept. 28 (and applications can still be turned in.) Contestants are asked to maintain their entries until Nov. 2; however, independent judging will take place on Oct. 13, and winners will be announced on Oct. 16. We encourage everyone to get involved in this fun-filled competition, and if you cannot enter, why not check out your neighborhood creations.
How about Oktoberfest. This year on Oct. 5, we fully expect thousands of people to visit downtown Newberry. A great day of festivities is planned. This year, the City of Newberry is trying to have something for everyone.
Following is a partial listing of events for your enjoyment: Komatsu will start it all at the upper end of Main Street with one of their giant earth movers. Next will be the Southern Rose Band, the first Kids Zone which will have a train ride as well as art classes sponsored by Lowes. Nearby at Livingston’s Service Station will be a display by the Animal Shelter.
Next, you will encounter over 40 crafting vendors. Astwood Park will be the site for the second Kids Zone, which will have inflatables. The courthouse parking lot will also be filled with over twenty crafting and information vendors. As you make your way toward Community Hall you will encounter approximately 13 vendors in the area.
Four additional food vendors will be up Main Street near Livingston’s Service Station. Also, in front of Community Hall the activities will include your Newberry County Chambers’ liver-nips contest with the winners announced at noon, followed by a Culinary Stage from 1-5 p.m. with local noted chefs. As you move past Community Hall, you will be able to inspect the automobiles lining Main Street hosted by the Newberry Car Buffs while listening to music from assorted bands throughout the day in Memorial Park.
Oh, by the way, the Opera House will be selling assorted beers, etc. and yes the downtown merchants will be open for you to browse and purchase that item you had almost given up on ever finding. All in all, this is the one day of the year you surely need to spend in beautiful downtown Newberry.
While you are here, why not stop by your local Chamber of Commerce and see for yourself why you should support and become a member of such a great organization.
Should you not be able to stop, then please call (803) 276-4274 and ask Liz, Michelle, or me to tell you the many benefits of Chamber membership and discuss your participation.