Summerfest fun to include zip line

news@enquirerherald.comAugust 14, 2013 

Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of articles leading up to Summerfest in York on Aug. 24.

Kids and adults can enjoy zooming across the lawn at the Greater York Chamber of Commerce on a zip line during this year’s Summerfest in a new addition to the attractions.

Paul Boger, executive director of the chamber, said BCI Amusements of Woodruff will offer a 285-foot zip line attraction this year. The zip line and many other special attractions are offered with a fee, he said.

“It’s an opportunity to come in and maybe provide an event that would draw some older teenagers and young adults to provide them with a little more excitement than some of the events we have for younger children,” Boger said.

He said the zip line will require a blocked-off space of about 30 feet by 300 feet on the chamber lawn, from Liberty Street to the Coalyard Restaurant. The attraction will run parallel to Garner Street, he said.

The city is gearing up for the 30th annual Summerfest on Aug. 24. Other attractions, such as the monster water balls, Little Blue Choo, rock climbing and bungee jumping will be back, he said.

In addition to paid amusements, he said, the York school district middle and high school robotics group will present its robotic movements and the coloring contest sponsored by Family Trust Credit Union will be at the chamber.

Western York County Relay for Life plans a dunking booth in the children’s area, Boger said, and the Clemson Extension Service will have children’s activities like paper rockets and information about 4-H and other services.

Adult activities include the car show, sponsored by Dickerson Motor Co. and Dunlap Johnson Chevrolet, which will feature awards for the top 100 cars entered instead of winners in each category.

Owners of the top 100 will receive a plaque, said organizer Jim Dickerson.

Members of the Dixieland Cruisers Car Club in Rock Hill are working with the event. They will be registering entrants, parking cars, choosing the top 100 and presenting awards, said president Mickey Lawson.

Dickerson, who has been involved with the car show for years, said it’s a Summerfest favorite.

“People like to show their cars, and this is one time that other people can see it,” Dickerson said. “And it’s kind of the end of the season. I think the drawing card for Summerfest is the car show.”

Dickerson said last year’s car show featured a record 267 entries, and he is hoping to boost that to as many as 300 this year. “I think it will be a good year. The economy plays a big part in anything,” he said.

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