Tuesday May 3, 2011
Welcome to the 2011 South Carolina Strawberry Festival! This year's festival will take place between May 4th and May 7th in historic Fort Mill, South Carolina. Building on the incredible success of last year's inaugural event, this year's festival promises to be bigger and better than ever. So come on out and join us... "The more the berrier!"
This year's festival will "tee off" on Wednesday, May 4th, with a new event for 2011: the South Carolina Strawberry Festival Golf Tournament. Held at Springfield Golf Club in Fort Mill, this picturesque 18-hole course will challenge all participants regardless of their golfing ability. This will be a four-person, captain's choice tournament, with lots of great prizes. Only a limited number of openings will be available, so register early to secure your spot! Tournament proceeds will benefit the Fort Mill Care Center.
On Thursday, May 5th, history will once again be made at the second annual South Carolina Strawberry Festival Pageant. Join us from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the Nation Ford High School Auditorium and witness the crowning of our 2011 South Carolina Strawberry Queens. Last year, over 700 attendees were on hand as Fort Mill's Anna Skidmore (Miss) and Avery Close (Teen) were selected as the festival's first ever Strawberry Queens.
On Friday, May 6th, the festival will move outdoors to Walter Elisha Park in downtown Fort Mill. Festivities will begin at 6:00 pm and will feature arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, and activities for the entire family. If you enjoy live music, you won't want to miss the Strawberry Jam! This year's line up will feature a variety of bands on both the Founders Federal Credit Union Stage and the Visit York County Stage. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy an evening full of fantastic (and free!) entertainment with over 20,000 of your closest friends. Activities will continue all the way until 11:00 pm.
The fun continues at Walter Elisha Park on Saturday, May 7th, beginning at 11:00 am. Come out and see some of the best local talent compete for their chance at superstardom during the Texaco Country Showdown, presented by WRHI and Interstate 107. Visit Piedmont Medical Center's Healthy Hometown for free health screenings and tips about healthy living. See if you have what it takes to "Berry the Competition" in our recipe contest, or test your appetite by trying your luck in one of our strawberry pie or ice cream eating contests. A variety of family friendly activities, including kids' rides, pig races, a petting zoo, and face painting will be available in the Kids Zone, presented by the Rock Hill Coca-Cola Bottling Company. Arts and crafts and food vendors will be on hand throughout the day, and the Strawberry Jam will continue throughout the day and into the night. At 8:45 pm, the festival go out with a bang as a spectacular fireworks display presented by Comporium lights up the Fort Mill sky.
You won't want to miss the 2011 South Carolina Strawberry Festival in Fort Mill. We hope you can join us for our signature celebration of spring... and all things strawberry!