Being in a new role, I was unsure of the level of support I would receive. I couldn't have been more pleased or more grateful for the support of our public officials, our town employees, our businesses and our community. This event grew rapidly in a few short months with record breaking attendance, festival vendors, parade entries and car show participants. Rather than be deterred by any potential problems the community banded together to pull off a record setting celebration.
The festival and parade wouldn't have been possible without an incredible group of staff and volunteers. The volunteers for this event were comprised of employees from Chapin Town Hall including Anthony Andrade, Andy Metts, Laura Culler, Julie Hammond, Inga Whelchel, Nathan Powell, Dan Lambert, Susan Wright, Selena Sexton, Matt Cameron, Deb Romanelli as well as many others. We are thankful for the hard work of Mayor David Knight, Sam Delaney and Ken King with vendor coordination as well as the family of Jade Gainous and the Chapin Explorers for parade execution and assistance. A special thanks goes to Kari Pepper McKeone of the Justin Pepper Foundation, Clyde Reeves from GIS, and Steve Wall from the Tipsy Toad for the weekend’s event coordination.
We are especially grateful for the financial support of Lexington Medical Center, Lexington County, Dominion Energy & SqueeGee Clean as well as the contributions of the Columbia Classic Chevy Club, the American Legion, the Boy Scouts of America, Timberlake Golf Course, SC Traffic Control, SC Shuttle Service, Signarama, the Lexington County Sheriff's Office and the Chapin Police Department led by Chief Seth Zeigler. Sponsors of our kids carnival included O'Leary Orthodontics, Schroeder's Towing and Vive Church while sponsors of the 10th Annual Car Show included Zesto's, Morgan & Associates- Nationwide, and Royson's Chapin Automotive. This is truly a community event with just about every organization assisting in some type of way through sponsorship, promotion or contributions.
To my new co-workers, volunteers and the several organizations that contributed, you are what made the event so special and I am so thankful that I get to work with you each and every day. Thank you for making the 39th Annual Chapin Labor Day event a success and for making my first year such a pleasure.
With any event we know there will be always be room for improvement and we have already started brainstorming about how to make the event even better for next year. Stay connected to learn more about future events in the Chapin community.
All my best,
Nicholle Ogrodnick Burroughs
Public Affairs Director