UNION — A local businesswoman is hoping the festival she is sponsoring will not only provide three days of family fun but also bring the community together.
Wyshell Garrett is the owner of “Pooh’s Playhouse” Daycare Center and the organizer of the “2017 Union County Summer Sting Festival” which will be held Thursday, June 15, Friday, June 16 and Saturday, June 17 at the Union County Fairgrounds. Garrett said her primary reason for sponsoring the festival is to create a family-friendly event that can help unite Union County.
“Our main focus is to create something that can unite the town,” Garrett said. “My whole mission in life is to unite Union.”
Garrett said that the first day’s activities will open at 3 p.m. and feature amusement rides and vendors selling food and other items.
The second day of the festival will be an “Out Of School Bash Block Party” for the children of the community who are out of school. She said the day will feature plenty of fun things for the children and their families to enjoy including amusement rides, live bands, a DJ provided by WPEG Power 98, and bingo. As on the first day, the second day’s activities will also get under way at 3 p.m.
The third day of the festival — which will begin at noon — will be an “Old School versus New School Father’s Day Car Show.” In keeping with the theme of old versus new, Garrett said that in addition to the classic and more modern cars that will be on display, there will also be an “Old School versus New School DJ Battle” pitting Union’s own DJ Big against DJ Montana from 96.3 “The Block.” As it will be the day before Father’s Day, Garrett said there will also be activities for children to do with their fathers including a “Daddy and Me Pie Eating Contest.”
The second and third days of the festival will also have vendors selling food and other items. Garrett said there are still slots left for vendors interested in doing business at the festival and she encouraged them to contact her at 864-426-3800 or at [email protected]
Admission to the festival will be $3 on Thursday and Friday, while on Saturday, it will be $3 for children and seniors and $5 for adults. Garrett said she plans to use the proceeds to help build a new daycare center.She said she wants to build the new facility to provide improved and increased services to families in need of affordable daycare. Garrett said that affordable daycare is crucial to many families where the mother needs somewhere for her children to stay so she can work. It is also important for families where grandparents are having to raise their grandchildren and need someplace for them stay during the day as well.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.