Enjoy Summer Fun in Gaffney

Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Visitors to Gaffney, South Carolina will find several special events to enjoy during the final month of the summer. August events include several free concerts, a rodeo in nearby Blacksburg, activities at Cowpens National Battlefield, and a downtown farmers market. All of these events are family friendly and welcome visitors as well as residents.
"Shindig at the Gaffney Cabin" is a free concert series held in historic downtown Gaffney. The concert series, in its fourth year, presents talented area musicians showcasing various musical genres. Concerts are held at the Michael Gaffney Log Cabin, which is a replica of the cabin belonging to Gaffney's founding father. It is located at 214 North Limestone Street. "The Professors of Soul" will perform a mixture of soul, R&B, and funk at the August 6th concert. This group is led by Monty Craig, professor of jazz guitar at Clemson University. The August 20th concert will feature "Milgram's 27", a group from Spartanburg who perform rock, reggae, jazz, pop, and soul. Concerts run from 6:30PM to 9:00PM. Food will be available from local vendors, and patrons may bring lawn chairs and blankets.
The Cherokee County Public Library presents another concert on August 12th as part of its "Hot Fun in the Summertime" activities. The popular local group, "We Are the One", will perform from 6:30PM to 8:00PM in the parking lot of the main library at 300 East Rutledge Avenue. This group will present soul standards from the 60s and 70s. Refreshments will be served.

The nearby town of Blacksburg, South Carolina will host the Ed Brown Championship Rodeo August 6-7 at 8:00PM. Professional rodeo events will include calf roping, bull riding, steer wrestling, bareback riding, saddle bronco riding, and ladies barrel racing. Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for children.
Nearby Cowpens National Battlefield will hold two special events in August. On Sunday, August 22nd from 1:30PM-4:00PM staff or park volunteers will present fun family activities at the Scruggs House. On Saturday, August 28th South Carolina Independent Rangers will have an encampment and demonstrate musket and rifle firing. This event takes place behind the Visitor Center from 10:15AM-2:30PM.
The Gaffney Farmers Market is held on Wednesdays and Saturdays in August on Granard Street, across from the old Post Office. Wednesday hours are from 4:00PM-7:00PM and Saturday hours are from 7:00AM to noon. A variety of seasonal produce will be available.
Gaffney is considered the Peach Capital of South Carolina. Its historic downtown boasts many interesting shops and restaurants. Additional shopping is available at the Prime Outlets off I-85. The city contains three nationally certified historic districts. Gaffney is also the home of Limestone College, founded in 1845 on the site of Limestone Springs, a natural mineral springs thought to have healing properties. The college will welcome students back on August 20.
Gaffney is located in the Upstate of South Carolina. A visit in August will provide many opportunities to enjoy all that Gaffney has to offer.


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