Strawberry Festival ready to jam Friday and Saturday in Fort Mill

Staff reportsMay 1, 2014 

Strawberry Festival Queen Halle Hillman kisses a pig during the 2013 festival. This year’s festival begins Friday.

JEFF SOCHKO — Special to The Herald

— The S.C. Strawberry Festival gets into full swing tonight and carries on through Saturday night, with live music, pig races, wrestling and – of course – strawberries.

Unless you’re planning to attend the festival, Fort Mill police are asking you to find another route around the town.

On Friday and Saturday, portions of S.C. 160 between Old Nation Road and McCammon Street will be closed, starting 5 p.m. Friday and will reopen after midnight Saturday.

Travelers should use the truck route, around the town of Fort Mill, instead.

In addition, people traveling in the area should be prepared for traffic delays and congestion on S.C. 160 at Interstate 77 and U.S. 21 North, and on Gold Hill Road at Interstate 77.

Strawberry Festival schedule

Here’s a schedule of events for the South Carolina Strawberry Festival. Most events will take place at Walter Y. Elisha Park in Fort Mill:

Friday

4-11 p.m. – The Strawberry Jam (free outdoor concerts); food and drink vendors; arts and crafts vendors; “Kids Zone” rides and activities; meet and greet with Berry B. Good and the 2014 Strawberry Queens.

6 p.m. & 8 p.m. – “Wrestling for a Reason,” to benefit American Cancer Society.

Saturday

8-11 a.m. – Strawberry Pancake Breakfast, Nation Ford High School; all-you-can-eat strawberry pancakes for $6, to benefit Nation Ford High School Booster Club.

9 a.m.-10 p.m. – The Strawberry Jam (free outdoor concerts); food and drink vendors; arts and crafts vendors; “Kids Zone” rides and activities; meet and greet with Berry B. Good and the 2014 Strawberry Queens; pig races on the hour.

10 a.m.-4 p.m. – Car show, on North White Street, adjacent to the park.

Noon, 3 p.m., 5 p.m. & 8 p.m. – “Wrestling for a Reason,” to benefit American Cancer Society.

1 p.m. – Strawberry ice cream eating contests

2 p.m. – Strawberry shortcake eating contests

3 p.m. – Celebrity strawberry shortcake eating contest

4 p.m. – World’s Hottest Wing eating contest

9:45 p.m. – Fireworks

More information: scstrawberryfestival.com

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