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Thursday, July 19, 2007

Festival for new Library will Bigger & Better

From The Carolina Gateway, July 18, 2007

The Carolina Gateway newspaper and Sun City: Carolina Lakes have announced plans for their
second annual "Fall into Fun" festival to benefit the Del Webb Library at Indian Land.

The event will take place on Sept. 29 on the grounds of Sun City. (The date was changed so that the festival would not conflict with the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Charlotte on Oct. 6.)

Last year’s festival earned more than $11,000 for the Indian Land branch of Lancaster County Library. The new library is expected to open next year.

About 25 people came to a planning meeting at The Lake House on July 12 and volunteered to coordinate various areas of the festival. “Sun City Carolina Lakes is allowing us twice as much
space as last year, so I think this festival has the potential to bring in a lot more than last year’s,” said organizer Jane Alford, editor of Carolina Gateway. “We’ll have a business fair, which was popular last year, and we hope to draw more artists and craftspeople.”

“We’re trying to get a hot air balloon ride set up, some sort of car/motorcycle/golf cart show, more children’s events, and rotating bands on the stage,” Alford said. “Sun City is also planning to bring in a very special guest that day who should really boost attendance.”

Running to Read, a 5K run sponsored by Crossroads Lutheran Church, will be held in conjunction with the festival. Proceeds from the run will also go to the library.

Festival organizers are also planning a “Taste of the Carolinas,” an upscale food event to be held in the evening. Music and fireworks will cap the day.

The Del Webb Library at Indian Land is a $2.2 million project. To date, $1,758,000 has been raised, leaving a shortfall of about $442,000. The library plans to go out for bids this summer.

If you are interested in helping organize the festival, or are a vendor who would like to rent a booth, send an e-mail to Indianlandlibrary@ gmail.com. or call Jane Alford at (803) 283-1154.
Volunteers and those interested in leading committees will meet at 7 p.m. July 26 at the Lake House at Sun City Carolina Lakes.


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