Issaqueena rocks


Weather didn’t deter attendees

By Kasie Strickland - kstrickland@civitasmedia.com



The antique and classic car show was one of the main attractions at this year’s festival as people entered vehicles of every shape and size in the hopes of winning a trophy.


Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

Come Saturday, North Main Street was crowded with hundreds of festival goers perusing the vendor booths and admiring the classic and antique cars.


Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

At one of the booths, kids and adults alike could make fans using “Spin art,” a technique where paint is squirted onto a rotating canvas to make colorful designs.


Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

Vonzel of Vonzel’s World of Art brought along his Spin Art machine to this year’s festival.


Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

Kids ran up and down the street with yellow balloons tied to their wrists while adults gathered to listen to the live bands that took to the stage.


Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

North Main Street in Six Mile was jam packed with vendors selling every kind of homemade crafts imaginable.


Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

Allison Thackery, a clogger from Hot Foot Studios in Six Mile dressed up as the cutest little monkey the Upstate has ever seen.


Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

Before …


Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

After! Never underestimate the throwing power of a determined youngster.


Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

Six Mile Studios displayed some of their bowls and ornaments carved from found or reclaimed wood.


Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

Winners of the cruise in claim their trophies.


Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

SIX MILE — For the past 26 years, the tiny town of Six Mile has put its best foot forward for a day of good music and delicious food in the annual celebration of the Issaqueena Festival. Year 27 was no different.

With the forecasts calling for rain, festivals organizers took to social media to keep attendance levels high by spreading the hashtag “#rainorshine” to posts and asking people to tag themselves in last year’s photos.

It worked.

Come Saturday, North Main Street was crowded with hundreds of festival goers perusing the vendor booths, admiring the classic and antique cars and lounging out in the grassy green areas as kids jumped in bouncy castles and took turns in the dunking booth.

“We did think it was going to rain, so I have ponchos stuffed in my purse just in case,” said Heather Collins of Pickens. “But it’s looking like we’re going to be OK.”

Even if it had rained, they would have come anyway, she said.

Funnel cakes, barbecue and ice cream, face painting, Spirograph art and woodworking — there was something for everyone at the jubilee event.

Kids ran up and down the street with yellow balloons tied to their wrists while adults gathered to listen to the live bands that took to the stage. The entire fair was reminiscent of a simpler time in years past that exuded nothing but good old fashioned fun.

“I’ve been coming to this carnival for the 10 ten years and it’s rained a few times” said Collins. “But we always have fun. Getting a little wet never hurt anybody. Besides, have you tasted these funnel cakes? Soooo worth it.”

The antique and classic car show was one of the main attractions at this year’s festival as people entered vehicles of every shape and size in the hopes of winning a trophy.
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_092.jpgThe antique and classic car show was one of the main attractions at this year’s festival as people entered vehicles of every shape and size in the hopes of winning a trophy. Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

Come Saturday, North Main Street was crowded with hundreds of festival goers perusing the vendor booths and admiring the classic and antique cars.
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_095.jpgCome Saturday, North Main Street was crowded with hundreds of festival goers perusing the vendor booths and admiring the classic and antique cars. Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

At one of the booths, kids and adults alike could make fans using “Spin art,” a technique where paint is squirted onto a rotating canvas to make colorful designs.
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_111.jpgAt one of the booths, kids and adults alike could make fans using “Spin art,” a technique where paint is squirted onto a rotating canvas to make colorful designs. Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

Vonzel of Vonzel’s World of Art brought along his Spin Art machine to this year’s festival.
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_117.jpgVonzel of Vonzel’s World of Art brought along his Spin Art machine to this year’s festival. Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

Kids ran up and down the street with yellow balloons tied to their wrists while adults gathered to listen to the live bands that took to the stage.
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_129-1.jpgKids ran up and down the street with yellow balloons tied to their wrists while adults gathered to listen to the live bands that took to the stage. Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

North Main Street in Six Mile was jam packed with vendors selling every kind of homemade crafts imaginable.
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_131.jpgNorth Main Street in Six Mile was jam packed with vendors selling every kind of homemade crafts imaginable. Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

Allison Thackery, a clogger from Hot Foot Studios in Six Mile dressed up as the cutest little monkey the Upstate has ever seen.
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_137.jpgAllison Thackery, a clogger from Hot Foot Studios in Six Mile dressed up as the cutest little monkey the Upstate has ever seen. Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

Before …
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_273.jpgBefore … Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

After! Never underestimate the throwing power of a determined youngster.
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_279.jpgAfter! Never underestimate the throwing power of a determined youngster. Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

Six Mile Studios displayed some of their bowls and ornaments carved from found or reclaimed wood.
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_296.jpgSix Mile Studios displayed some of their bowls and ornaments carved from found or reclaimed wood. Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

Winners of the cruise in claim their trophies.
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_301.jpgWinners of the cruise in claim their trophies. Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel
Weather didn’t deter attendees

By Kasie Strickland

kstrickland@civitasmedia.com

Reach Kasie Strickland at 864-855-0355.

Reach Kasie Strickland at 864-855-0355.

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