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Monday, September 10, 2007

Fall Into Fun Update

Carolina Gateway: September 12

Indian Land-September 29 is fast approaching and volunteers have been scouring Indian Land, Fort Mill and beyond, looking for fun things to see and do at the second annual Fall into Fun Festival to benefit the new Indian Land Library.

The day will begin with a 5k Run/Walk & Toddler Trot, called “Running to Read.” Sponsored by Crossroads Lutheran Church and Barry Adams Allstate, the run will begin at 8:30 and be over by the time the festival starts at 10 a.m. Registration forms are available for download. Email runningtoread@yahoo.com for more information. All participants will receive a festival t-shirt and there will be cash prizes for fastest male and female runners, as well as gifts for all children.

Plans for the children’s area at the festival are coming together nicely, with craft tables being offered by area churches (7 so far, with more to register soon), an inflatable moon bounce, a petting zoo (bigger this year – with more animals, including a llama), children’s performers in the library staging area, and also an outdoor living room with storytelling, book reading, songs and entertainment by Indian Land teachers. The library area will have a juggler, magician, puppets and professional storyteller. Wristbands for all children’s and teen activities are $5 and will work in both areas.

The teen area is still not quite together, but we know we will have a couple of U.S. Army Humvees, a NASCAR show car, and a pitching machine. We are working on a dunking booth, mechanical bull, and a skateboard area. We have also booked “The Walls of Elim,” a teen Christian Rock band from Lancaster, and have a few Indian Land school student groups that will play short sets throughout the day. Watch this column next week for more information about this area. We expect to have more confirmed activities by mid-week. If you have a line on skateboard stuff, or if you have a teen band that would like to play, please let us know. Email us at indianlandlibrary@gmail.com.

The business area is already larger than last year, with close to 90 registered businesses and artists. And the food offerings will be quite diverse: Lee Blackwell’s BBQ, Mike’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream, Figaro’s Pizza, Paul’s Hot Dogs, and the Indian Land and Pleasant Valley Fire Departments will all be on hand to ensure full stomachs.

A car and motorcycle show, silent auction, and 50/50 raffle are all planned, so this festival promises to have something for everyone.

Also as a closing note: watch next Sunday’s Lancaster News. Bid advertisements for the Indian Land library project will be in the September 16 edition. We should be able to break ground by November 1. It’s really going to happen, folks!


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