First off I would like to thank Chris Lindler and the Fiserv employees who regularly pick up trash along Columbia Avenue as part of the Adopt-A-Road program. Their efforts help provide a more welcoming first impression for visitors and our Chapin residents as they enter our community. I also want to say a Big Thank You to our public works and utilities employees for giving the extra effort they have put in to make sure our town was looking good for the thousands of visitors who attended the Chapin Labor Day Festival and Parade Festival. They have been working very hard over the last few months, and our town is looking so much better. They also spent time fixing our lights and electrical outlets in the downtown area to ensure smooth operations for the street vendors that participate in the festival.
Labor Day is actually a team effort led by Karen Owens, Chapin’s Director of Communication and Economic Development, and I thank everyone at Chapin Town Hall for their good work in helping register participants, collecting money, selling T-shirts, answering questions, coordinating volunteers. I also want to thank the many volunteers who give of their time to help make our festival a success. And thank you to the business community for their awesome support. Labor Day is a major part of our community’s identity, and we enjoy much success because of the combined efforts of all these groups.
On behalf of everyone who brought the parade and festival to you, we thank you for your support of this annual event, and we hope you had a great family experience in the Town of Chapin.
I recently attended the Capital City/Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Board annual meeting. Miriam Atria shared the overwhelming tourism numbers for the thousands of people who visited our area to watch the solar eclipse and the National Forrest Wood Cup fishing tournament. She said Dreher Island had more visits than any other time in their history. People all over the country are beginning to see that Lake Murray is a wonderful place to visit, and we must be prepared as a town to provide positive experiences for them when they visit Chapin.
It was disappointing that remnants of Hurricane Harvey put a damper on our Chapin High fundraiser to assist families impacted by the nuclear construction shutdown. But Dr. Akil Ross has assured me that they have rescheduled the sale of #SCStrong wristbands for $5 for the October 6 game against AC Flora.