Pickens gets set for Founder’s Day

Billy Cannada Staff Writer

September 13, 2013

PICKENS — Another year of Founder’s Day festivities will have downtown Pickens rocking on Saturday, according to local officials.

As the event gets set to see a second year, Pickens Revitalization Association (PRA) Executive Director Allison Fowler says the excitement is building.

“We’re very excited,” Fowler said. “We’ve had a lot of excitement in the planning committee and in getting the word out to people. We’ve had several phone calls from people out of town, so I think we’re really going to have a great event.”

The event will feature live music, entertainment and plenty of tasty food, Fowler said.

“We’ve got music all day,” Fowler said. “We’ve got seven different bands playing at different times, and that will include Bluegrass, Folk, Country and a good range of music.”

Bands scheduled to perform include Pine Top Revival, the Sweet Potato Pie Kids, The Traveling McCollums and the Blue Flame Bluegrass Band.

The event will center around the new Pickens outdoor amphitheater on West Main Street. Fowler said it is free for the public.

“We’ll have a 1800s medicine show,” Fowler said. “We’ll have some face painting for the kids, storytellers, music lessons, arts and crafts, food and beverages and some vintage cars on display. There will be something for everyone.”

Founders Day will feature much more than music. Living history reenactments will be staged with musket, long rifle, and cannon firing demonstrations. A large number of specially selected vintage vehicles, including as trucks, tractors and cars, will again be on display this year.

The Hagood-Mauldin House and the Pickens County Museum will be open for tours. According to Fowler, many vendors will offer traditional items, original arts and crafts, and food and beverage such as homemade ice cream.

“This is celebrating what makes Pickens unique. This is our history,” Fowler said. “We want people from out of town to come, but we want it to be something that people from Pickens are drawn to as well.”

Event officials say experts in “lost crafts” will provide demonstrations on blacksmithing, quilting, musical instrument construction, gunsmithing, and more.

Andrew Pickens, who is celebrating his 274th birthday, will again be on hand to tell of his life and to take pictures with Founder’s Day goers, Fowler said.

The event will begin at noon on Saturday and will go until 8 p.m.