YORK — Editor’s note: This is the last in a series of articles leading up to York’s Summerfest on Aug. 24. For complete festival details, check out the Summerfest special section in today’s Enquirer-Herald.
Organizers are gearing up for the 30th annual Summerfest, which kicks off with a Friday night concert featuring music by FlashBack and continues with a day of family fun Saturday.
The festival has come a long way since its birth in 1983, as a barbecue on the grounds of the York Electric Cooperative. Leaders with the Greater York Chamber of Commerce planned it as a way to celebrate the end of summer.
Chris Farris, who grew up attending the festival and is co-chairman of this year’s event with his wife, Karen, said today’s Summerfest offers something for everyone: from food and crafts to children’s events, entertainment and more.
“The merchants have an opportunity to promote themselves, and it also gives everybody that comes an entertaining day,” said Farris. “I don’t know anybody that goes who is disappointed.”
The festival revs it up Friday evening, with York’s final Downtown Live concert for the summer, held in the Whitesides Cleaners parking lot on North Congress Street. The concert, sponsored by the York chamber, will be from 5:30-9:30 p.m., with local favorite FlashBack, a six-piece group playing beach, oldies, classic rock and rhythm-and-blues music.
Food and beverages will be sold; bring a lawn chair.
Saturday’s events, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the downtown area, include music and community entertainment acts on three stages, a car show for all ages, craft vendors, food, sporting events and more.
The closing concert, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, will be return this year, offering festivalgoers a chance to mingle with neighbors and enjoy music in the cooler part of the day.
The Summerfest closing concert will be presented by Summerdaze, a six-piece beach, dance and show band from the Fort Mill and Charlotte area, said Robert Allison, entertainment chairman.
The festival features a variety of related events Friday and Saturday, including a breakfast, fish fry and barbecue sponsored by individual churches.
The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd will hold an Antiques and Artisans Show, bake sale, picnic lunch, organ concert Friday and Saturday.
The 21st annual antique show and sale has added artisans this year, organizers said.
The show will feature paintings, hand-crafted jewelry, furniture, pottery and handmade soap, dolls and garden artifacts.