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Blueway Festival Was A Huge Success!

By Nathan Elliott

ON JUNE 2, 2018 over 600 people from Georgia and South Carolina enjoyed the First Annual Western SC BlueWay Festival at Baker Creek State Park in McCormick, SC. 
The weather was beautiful and the people came by car and boat to join in the fun. The music of three excellent bands, (The Riot Band from Atlanta, GA; The Next Level from Rock Hill, SC; and Brought by Blood from Charlotte, NC) could be heard throughout the festival area and on the river. Many boats anchored out from shore to enjoy the water and music. 
Two outfitters, Earth Connection Outdoors and Savannah Rapids Kayak Rental, were busy all day with people experiencing the kayaks and paddle boards. Several people proudly announced “I can paddle board now!” The paddle board yoga demonstration was amazing. We can’t forget the kayak rodeo which had some very enthusiastic participants. Elsie the cow stayed afloat the entire rodeo for all to enjoy.
Another big draw at the festival were the mountain bikes from the two bike exhibitors, Emerald Bike Shop and Outspokin’ Bicycles. Many people are still talking about the pedal assist bikes they experienced and how they will make riding on the hills a joy!
Al Arthur and his working dog from Sand Hill Retrievers put on a demonstration which people lined up to see.
Cabela’s provided a blow-up archery range that entertained children and adults alike. INNOVA Discs and the Professional Disc Golf Association were on hand to give demonstrations, hold disc putting contests and provide guidance on a two-hole disc golf range.
There was a special Kidz Fun Zone for the children to enjoy with games, face painting, washable tattoos and more!
No one went hungry or thirsty, thanks to the excellent food and drink offered by four local vendors
The numerous exhibitors for all things related to the outdoors were excellent and well received. Many of the exhibitors were sponsors for this event. The festival would not have been possible without the generosity of our sponsors and the help of many volunteers.
If you were not able to make the festival this year, mark your calendars now for the first Saturday in June, 2019. The Second Annual Western SC BlueWay Festival will be bigger and better than the first!!!!•

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