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UNION — Residents of and visitors to Union County will have the opportunity to enjoy two nights of free music on Main Street in dowtown Union on Saturday, July 12 and Saturday, July 19.

The “I Love a Summer Night” Downtown Music Fest is the latest in a series of business and entertainment events being sponsored by the Union County Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with other local and area organizations and businesses.

Creative Marketing Workshop

In May, the chamber sponsored a Creative Marketing Workshop at the SCWorks Union office. The goal of the workshop, which was conducted by the SC Small Business Development Center, was to educate small businesses and potential entrepreneurs on how to increase sales and create growth through the proper and effective use of marketing techniques. The workshop was part of a continuing series of workshops sponsored by the chamber to promote the growth of business in Union County.

Business After Hours

The “Under The Big Top Business After Hours” in June was the next event sponsored by the chamber. It was hosted by Founders Federal Credit Union which set up a tent next to its building to serve as the site of the event. The Business After Hours are held each quarter to provide chamber members, local business owners and industry officials, and other interested individuals with opportunities to opportunities to socialize and network.

In addition, the events provides Business After Hours sponsors with the opportunity to make presentations to those in attendance about their products and services. The June Business After Hours was sponsored by Charter Business, Blue Ridge Hospice, and Spartan Business.

The chamber plans to hold the next Business After Hours in September.

I Love A Summer Night

The next event sponsored by the chamber will be the “I Love a Summer Night” Downtown Music Fest which will be held on Main Street in downtown Union from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, July 12, and Saturday, July 19.

Union County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Torance Inman said the event “will be free to public. It will be two nights of a variety musical genres. There will also be food and other vendors.”

Inman said the music will be provided by the Weatherman Band with WSPA-TV’s Jack Roper, the Carolina Rhythm Band, and the Jukebox 45 Band. He said the Jukebox 45 Band will perform Saturday, July 12, while the Weatherman Band the Carolina Rhythm Band will perform Saturday, July 19.

There are a total of 10 sponsors forthe event including Band Sponsors Founders Federal Credit Union, USC Union, Heartland Healthcare of Union, and Barbara Rippy. The Block Sponsors for the event are Bell Petroleum & Exxon, Quality Inn, Hart Insurance Agency (Allstate), Timken, City Tire and Lube, and WBCU.

Inman said the purpose of the event is to provide summer entertainment for the people of Union County while also promoting downtown Union.

“In an effort to promote our beautiful downtown and provide something for the people of Union to enjoy during summer after the Fourth of July we felt like we would try to provide a musical event that would draw folks downtown,” Inman said.

Inman added that the event will also be an opportunity for businesses on Main Street and he recommended they take that opportunity and open their doors to those attending the concerts.

“We’re encouraging those businesses on Main Street to be open during those hours, especially those in the 100 block of Main Street,” Inman said.

Thunder Road

A veterans service organization and a group that gives physically and/or mentally challenged children and adults the opportunity to play baseball will be the beneficiaries of a racing event sponsored by the chamber.

“On Labor Day weekend which falls on the last weekend of August there will be a large motorcycle Enduro Race, which is a national event, at the Big Buck farm in Cross Keys,” Inman said. “In conjunction with this event the Union County of Chamber Commerce, the Union County Tourism Commission, the Union County Recreation Department, and Southern Legends Motorcycle Club is sponsoring ‘Thunder Road Motorcycle Show and Ride’ in downtown Union.”

Inman said the event, which will be held Sunday, Aug. 31, will feature a motorcycle show from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. He said the actual ride will take place from noon-2 p.m. He said the route will encompass historical sites throughout the county. At the end of the ride, Inman said there would be an awards presentation.

“Our concept is there are going to be motorcycles all over Union County that day,” he said. “So our concept will be there will be a lot of thunder on the road.”

Inman said that the event will serve as a undraiser with the funds raised going to the local Wounded Warrior Project and the Miracle League of Union County.

The Wounded Warrior Project is a veterans service organization that seeks to raise public awareness of and enlist the public’s assistance in meeting the needs of severely injured service members; help severely injured service members aid and assist each other; and provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of those veterans.

The Miracle League of Union County works to provide opportunities for mentally and/or physically challenged children and adults to play baseball. The league recently completed its first spring season and will soon be announcing registration information and scheduling for its 2014 fall season. League games in Union County are played on the MLUC ballfield at the Timken Sports Complex.

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