Labor Day is fast upon us! Given some of the recent events that have happened in our country, I wanted to ensure the town’s commitment to security for our annual festival and parade. There will be close to 30 officers present for the festival who will remain vigilant and focused on the safety of the crowd. Chief Seth Zeigler has assured me that they are aware of recent protests and attacks that have taken place all over the world, and his team of law enforcement partners are ready and fully capable to handle any potential problems that could arise on Monday.
There is a lot of activity going on this Labor Day weekend, presented by Lexington Medical Center. The Downtown Farmer’s Market will be open from 9 am to 12 pm in hopes of catching more of the late-risers. Curt London will be on hand as will Cynthia Sheppard leading a Mixed Cardio workout at 10 am. Then on Sunday evening the Blues returns to Beaufort Street, with live music, food and fun. The street party begins at 7 pm and the band, Anthony Charles and the Blues Dolphins, will start at 8 pm. Thanks to Chapin Liquor, Tipsy Toad Tavern and Doza Rizen for helping make this free outdoor concert a great experience for our residents.
Then Monday we get to enjoy all the fun of the 38th annual Labor Day Festival and Parade. I look forward to riding in the parade, and the town will have a float that some of our employees and children will be on. I know we’ll have some other elected officials in attendance as well as many of our community organizations, school groups, churches and of course the pride of Chapin – the Chapin High School Marching Band! We have 90 vendors scheduled to be part of the festival, the classic car show, and live music with Chapin’s own Shelby Raye Band. Friends of the Chapin Library will have their annual book sale at Town Hall, the model railroad folks will be set up at the American Legion Post and children can enjoy a variety of games and activities in the Crawford Center parking lot. It’s always a full day of fun and I hope to see many of you out there next Monday!
I also want to thank the Chapin Chamber of Commerce for hosting the comedy event on Saturday night. The comedians were absolutely hilarious, and those who attended seem to have a good time. A lot of hard work goes into planning these events. Continue to patronize the many businesses who sponsor these events so we can enjoy many more in our community.
Don’t forget to come out to Chapin High School this Friday at 7 pm for the varsity football game against district rival Irmo and join us as we strive to assist families impacted by the nuclear construction shutdown through the sale of #SCStrong wristbands for $5. The proceeds will be directed to those agencies helping families. We Care will be on site collecting canned goods and non-perishable items for the food pantry so please consider bringing an item or two to stick on their shelves. Let’s fill up Cecil Woolbright to cheer on the Eagles as they take on Irmo High School and buy up those benefit bracelets.