UNION COUNTY — For the 10th year in a row the people of Union County will have the opportunity to come together to celebrate the start of the new school year and show their support for the community’s students and student-athletes during the annual Union County Pep Rally.
The 10th Annual Holcombe Funeral Home/WBCU Union County Pep Rally will be held Thursday, Aug. 10 from 5-8 p.m. at the Union County Fairgrounds. The annual event brings together the people of Union County to celebrate the start of the new school year and show their support for the students and student-athletes of the Union County School District. As in years past, the event will include live music, free food, free t-shirts, and the introduction of the middle and high school fall athletic teams.
Bringing the community together to support its students and student-athletes has been the goal of the Pep Rally which began during a time of controversy and division over the consolidation of Jonesville, Lockhart, and Union high schools into what is now Union County High School.
“We started doing this when they did the high school consolidation,” WBCU Station Manager Chris Woodson said Friday. “It started as a way to bring the community together at the time the community was very divided over the consolidation.
“We wanted to show that it is about the students and the student-athletes of today,” he said. “It was a way to bring the community together.”
Woodson said that the Pep Rally continues to be an opportunity for the community to come together to support their students and student-athletes and celebrate the start of the new school year in a fun, family-friendly setting. He said Thursday’s Pep Rally will include free food provided by Bi-Lo and Dairi-O; inflatables for the children to play on courtesy of Twist and Shout; free t-shirts while supplies last; and two hours of live music.
“Our band is going to be Josh Lydia along with Smokestack Willie,” Woodson said. “They are going to play from 5-7 p.m.”
The final hour of the Pep Rally is reserved for the introduction of the schools’ athletic teams that will take to the field in the fall and two state championship teams, one of which this weekend is representing South Carolina in world series competition.
“At 7 p.m. we’re going to introduce all the sports teams,” Woodson said. “We have asked all the area schools — Jonesville, Lockhart, Sims, and Union County High School — teams. We plan to start with the Jonesville football team and cheerleaders and go up through the middle schools to the high school teams.
“We are also hoping to introduce the Lady Jackets State Champion Softball Team as well as the Dixie Youth State Champion Baseball Team,” he said. “The Dixie Youth team is currently in the Dixie Youth World Series in Bluffton and are playing Saturday (today) at 4 p.m. against Tennessee. Those games can be heard here on WBCU.”
In addition to these activities, Woodson said the Pep Rally will be an opportunity for the people of Union County to support this year’s students and student-athletes through “Stuff the Bus” being sponsored by the Ashley Turner State Farm Agency.
“Ashley Turner State Farm will be here with Stuff the Bus,” Woodson said. “They will be collecting school supplies to be distributed throughout Union County Schools.”
Woodson encouraged the public to come out, support their students and student-athletes, and have a good time.
“We invite everybody to come out and support our students and student-athletes and kick off the school year and have a good time,” Woodson said. “We appreciate the community for helping us do this and for supporting us.”
Charles Warner can be contacted at 864-762-4090.