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Belton Standpipe Heritage and Arts Festival

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Belton Standpipe Heritage and Arts Festival

October 3, 2015

10 AM – 10 PM

(New Events in Red)

When the colors of the leaves turn brilliant hues of orange, gold and burgundy, people around Belton know

it’s time for the Standpipe Heritage and Arts Festival.  This year, thousands of people will converge on the

Square in Belton for the 29th year of family fun and entertainment on Saturday, October 3.

This year’s festival is sponsored in part by the Belton Alliance, the City of Belton Hospitality Fund, Waste

Connections, Anderson County ATAX, Belton Metal Corporation, and Superior Engineering.  Admission and

Check in/Information Booths: (Belton Square, 9:00 AM – 7 PM) — At the 3 entrances to the festival, booths

sponsored by BHP AFJROTC and the local Girl Scout troops are available for visitors to sign in and receive maps

and schedules of all events.

American Legion Breakfast:  (Campbell Street, 8 – 10 AM) — For $5 where else can you find a hardy man’s

breakfast including cooked-to-order eggs, sausage and bacon, biscuits and gravy, and grits!  All proceeds benefit

American Legion youth programs.

Standpipe Festival 5K Run & I Mile Fun Run/Walk – Starting location is Belton First Baptist Church parking lot,

Brown Ave. One Mile Fun Run/Walk begins at 8:00 am; 5K Meter Run begins at 8:30 am. Entry fee, t-shirts, and

prizes. For more information, contact Renea Rowland at 864-338-1600.

Open Car Show – (Belton Square, registration 9 AM – 12 PM, awards presentations at 3:45 PM) — Vintage and

antique automobiles as well as newer models will be entered into competition in six categories for cash prizes and

trophies.  Over 100 cars participated last year in this renowned cruise in.

Opening Ceremonies on the Main Stage: (10 AM) — Free to the public; the Opening Ceremony begins at 10 AM

with the Presentation of Colors by the B-HP AFJROTC followed by the National Anthem sung by the B-HP

Live Entertainment: (Main Stage, Belton Square, 10 AM – 9:15 PM) — Free to the public; various performances

and demonstrations will take place throughout the day. Featured performers are Redback Praise Band (gospel),

Emerald Road (Celtic and bluegrass), Honea Path’s Got Talent Winners (Top 40), the City Street Band (classic rock

and beach), and 2Grown Men with Carlos Porter (hip-hop).

Belton Standpipe Heritage and Arts Festival Juried Art Show and Market (Belton Center for the Arts, 10 AM – 3

PM) — Free to the public;  over 75 pieces of contemporary art representing all mediums and styles are on display.

In addition, patrons are able to browse artwork for sale which benefits the BCA.

BCA Children’s Art Activities: (Belton Center for the Arts, Belton Square, 10 AM – 3 PM) — Free to the public;

youngsters can enjoy having their faces painted and creating fun fall crafts.

Children’s Play Area: (Belton City Square, 10 AM – 10 PM) — Inflatable bounces and games, fee for armband

which entitles children to unlimited access.

Pony Rides: (Library grounds, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM) — Led by trained horsemen of the EZ Horsemanship Club and

BHP FFA Chapter, adults and children ages 3 and up can take a wonderful horse/pony ride for a minimal fee; all

proceeds benefit The American Heart Association.

City of Belton Fire Truck Rides: (Belton Square, 12 Noon – 8:00 PM) — $2 ticket for this fun ride;  proceeds

benefit the Fire Safety Education programs.

The Mighty Micah Express:  (Breazeale Street, 10 AM – 8 PM)—Take a ride on the Mighty Micah Express at $5 per

Build-and-Grow Projects: (Belton Square, 10 AM – 2 PM) — Both Anderson Lowe’s locations will help children

learn how to use hand tools while making a special wood craft to take home.

Library Activities: (Belton Branch Library Tent, 10 AM – 1 PM) — The Belton Library will be hosting a tent at the

end of their drive on Breazeale Street for book sales, children’s story time, photo station with silly props, and

Forrest College:  (Main Street, 4 PM – 9:30 PM)—Free to the public; children’s games, activities, and face painting

provided by students of Forrest College.

Heritage Days at the Depot: (Greenspace surrounding Historic Belton Train Depot, 9 AM – 4 PM) — Free to the

public, this Certified SC Arts and Agriculture Event celebrates our folk heritage through demonstrations and

presentations by 15 traditional skills artisans and historical interpreters including a cooper, folk

musicians/fiddlers, a tanner/leather crafter, an Appalachian storyteller, a hammock Maker, a seamstress, a

beekeeper, a farrier, a camp cook, a Civil War calvaryman, a Native American weapons specialist, a wet plate

photographer, a Gullah cane carver, a game master, and a bowl crafter.  Sponsored by City of Belton HTAX,

WebbCraft Family Foundation, Waste Connections, Anderson County/Councilman Mitchell Cole, SC Arts

Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the

Coastal Community Foundation, Senator Billy O’Dell, Representative Mike Gambrell, Anderson County ATAX,

BestBuy, Darby Metalworks, Commercial Bank, Sam’s Club, and Kentucky Fried Chicken.

BAMA Exhibit-The World of Comics: Featuring the Art and Artifacts of Dave and Paty Cockrum: (Belton Depot,

10 AM – 4 PM) — Free to the public, check out the exhibit that includes the artwork of famous X-Men artist and

creator of the Futurians along with local collections of comics, merchandising items, vintage superhero toys,

editorial and political comic strips, and other interesting items. Sponsored by Planet Comics, City of Belton HTAX,

and Anderson County ATAX.

BAMA Antique Market, Silent Auction, and Appraisals: (Belton Depot, 10 AM – 4 PM) — The public is invited to

browse through and purchase antiques offered for sale by acclaimed collectors, bid on few donated treasures

during the silent auction benefiting the museum, and bring in personal treasures for examination by an expert

appraiser.  A $5 donation to BAMA is required for each item to be appraised and each year people find they own

unique and valuable family heirlooms.

Historic Mule-Drawn Wagon Rides Through Historic District: (Belton Depot, Anderson Street Parking Lot, 10 AM

– 5:00 PM) — Come take a leisurely ride through the historic district of the City of Belton as a guide narrates the

history of its people and places.  View the beautiful architecture, learn about het entrepreneurs and the town’s

eccentric characters, and listen to interesting stories and fascinating facts of another age and time; cost per rider

– Adults $5 each; Students $3 each; Under 3 free; Sponsored by Superior Engineering in support of the Belton

Area Museum Association programs. Times to Board: 10:30 AM , 11:10 AM, 11:50 AM, 12:30 PM, 1:40 PM , 2:20

PM, 3:00 PM, 3:40 PM, 4:20 PM, and 5:00 PM.

Tours of Historic Belton Standpipe: (Campbell Street, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM) — Free to the public, these tours

feature an entertaining look inside this historic structure which has been placed on the National Register of

SC Men’s Collegiate Championships: (Belton Tennis Center, Leda Poore Park, BHP High School, 8 AM – 5 PM) —

Collegiate men’s tennis stars from many state colleges will be hitting the courts early Saturday for the South

Carolina Men’s Collegiate Invitational which officially begins on Friday afternoon and runs through Sunday.  The

tournament is being held in memory of Big Jim Russell, a longtime tennis volunteer and official for USTA and

collegiate events.  Players from Clemson, South Carolina, South Carolina State, Wofford, Furman, The Citadel,

Presbyterian, Winthrop, Anderson University, Lander and Spartanburg Methodist will be competing. Presented by

SC Tennis Hall of Fame Tours: (Belton Depot, 10 AM – 4 PM) — Free to the public.  The SC Tennis Hall of Fame

celebrates the achievements of SC’s famous tennis stars.  There are mementos from all of the Hall of Fame

inductees including such outstanding players as Dennis Van der Meer and Stan Smith, both Wimbledon

contenders.  All of the portraits of inductees are painted by internationally acclaimed artist Wayland Moore, a

BTA Children’s Tennis Mini-Clinic: (Belton Tennis Center, 4:30 PM) — Free to the public, children are invited to

the courts to meet the college players and coaches and try their tennis skills in a mini-clinic including games and

Relay for Life Bingo Tent:  (Belton Square, 10 AM – 4 PM) –Win great prizes for $1 per card while supporting a

Salvation Army Emergency Response Team (Belton Square, 10 AM – 2 PM) –Everyone needs to know how to be

prepared beforehand and how to deal with the aftermath of a disaster. Lectures, demonstrations, and

information will be offered to help all families feel prepared to meet the challenges.

Food Vendors:  (On the Square, 10 AM – 10 PM)–From barbecue to hot wings, from ice cream to fried candy

bars, from cotton candy to funnel cakes, there’s so much variety, you can’t go away hungry.

Lion’s Club Booth: (Belton Square, 10:00 AM – 5 PM) — Sponsored by Belton Lion’s Club, visitors can receive

information about events and activities while checking out the famed Lion’s Club items for sale.

Craft Vendors:  (On the Square, 10 AM – 10 PM)—Over 65 quality craft vendors will be selling everything from

handmade items to the latest in styles and fads.

T-Shirts Sales: Designed by Chuck Brooks, this year’s Standpipe Heritage and Arts Festival shirts are featured in

black with white and red graphics;  short sleeve $12; sweatshirts, $18; preorders being taken now at the Jean

BHP Bear Booster Club (On the Square, 10 AM – 4 PM) –The latest in attire and accessories for the avid Bear fan

await you at this booth.

Game Day Hospitality Room (The Listening Room, 10 AM – 10 PM)—Ballgames will be playing on the big screen

all day so no one will have withdrawal symptoms while attending the festival. USC/Missouri and Clemson/Notre

Dame games will be featured. $5 entrance fee required. Beverages served for a minimal fee.

Food Vendors:  (On the Square, 10 AM – 10 PM)–From barbecue to hot wings, from ice cream to fried candy

bars, from cotton candy to funnel cakes, there’s so much variety, you can’t go away hungry.

BHP Performing Arts Boosters:  (On the Square, 10 AM – 4 PM)—Coffee, donuts, cupcakes, softdrinks, and

goodies will be sold along with a chance to win seven themed gift baskets, purchase t-shirts and tickets for the

upcoming Madrigal Dinner. Drama Club member Madame Fortuna will be available to tell your future or you can

play a round of corn hole, all for a minimum donation to the organization.

80’s Flashback Trivia Contest:  (Belton Square, 6:30 PM) Free to the public, sponsored by Superior Engineering.

Test your prowess at 80’s trivia and win cash prizes.

Street Dance: (Belton Square, 7:15 PM – 9:30 PM) — Music provided by Wanda Johnson, hometown girl and soul

Fireworks Display (Belton Square, 9:30 PM) — Sponsored by Waste Connections, your family will ooh and ahh as

colorful fireworks burst over the historic Standpipe to end the festival.

Events subject to change.  Check back for more details as events/activities are added.

ACM – Meet and greet with author Joe Camp

Anderson County Museum 
TuesdaySeptember 22 at 5 p.m.
Reception and meet and greet with author Joe Camp

You are invited to join us on Tuesday, September 22 at 5 p.m. for a wine reception and meet and greet with author Joe H. Camp, Jr. He will discuss his book 32 Answered A South Carolina Veterans’ Storyand sign books purchased through the ACM Gallery Emporium Store. This event is sponsored by Cathy and Carl Beard – friends of the author.

South Carolina servicemen made an exceptional and early contribution in WW II, when in February 1942 a group of them, all products of the state’s four pre-war ROTC programs, were assigned to the 32nd “Red Arrow” Infantry Division (Michigan-Wisconsin National Guard).

In this odd and expedient pairing, and in one of the earliest Infantry units to be ordered overseas after the Pearl Harbor attack, they participated in the first offensive waged in the Pacific Theater under General Douglas MacArthur’s command. In victory, the Red Arrows suffered over 90% casualties there at Buna, Papua New Guinea. Those who emerged from that first tragic and defining battle stayed on to form the Division’s core of leadership for the remainder of the war, and in doing so amassed some of the highest total hours in combat in U.S. Army history. The title “32 Answered” alludes not only to the Division’s nomenclature but also to the thirty-two total documented South Carolina reservists discovered in the course of this research, who stepped up to answer the call to duty soon after the war emergency’s onset.

Highlighted in the book is Anderson native Lt. Harold Thackston. A 1939 graduate of Clemson who stayed the whole war, from overseeing logistics in the earliest movements up to the front lines at Buna, November 1942, all the way to taking snapshots of Japanese General Tomoyuki Yamashita when the General arrived in the American headquarters area on V-J Day, September 2, 1945, the same day the peace treaty was being signed in Tokyo Bay.

SCHA – Historic Firearms Show

Firearm enthusiasts are invited to a historic firearm show under the pavilion at Walnut Grove Plantation on Friday, Oct. 2, 6-9 p.m., the evening before Festifall.

The show will feature Revolutionary War re-enactors who will show off both their authentic and replica historic firearms, and answer questions. Jim Kelly of Darlington Gun Works will be on hand to apply his 67 years of experience building guns to an appraisal of your historic firearm.

Admission is $5 per person and $50 per firearm appraisal.

All historic weapons brought on grounds must be empty of ammunition and will be inspected by a representative of the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s office prior to admission to the show. Spartanburg County Historical Association allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws, to legally possess firearms on our grounds. However, these firearms are prohibited from all buildings operated by the Historical Association.

FestiFall at Walnut Grove Plantation


Walnut Grove Plantation comes to life the first weekend in October — October 3 and 4 — as more than 100 re-enactors, storytellers, and artisans transform the 1767 homestead into a living colonial village. The event — Festifall — features music, dancing, toy making, cooking, weaving, woodworking, candle dipping, and much more. Re-enactments of loyalist partisan William Cunningham’s deadly 1781 raid and 18th-century military demonstrations will take place both days and are not to be missed! Bubba’s BBQ will offer tasty victuals for those with a palate for a traditional Back Country meal. Don’t miss the biggest and best living history event in South Carolina!

Saturday, Oct. 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
11 a.m. Overmountain Victory Trail Association Presentation
12 p.m. Re-enactment of William Cunningham’s Raid
3 p.m. Benefit Auction
4 p.m. Battle Demonstration

Sunday, Oct. 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
10 a.m. Back Country Prayer Meeting
1 p.m. Re-enactment of William Cunningham’s Raid

Admission: $10/Ages 18+; $5/Ages 5-17; SCHA Members receive $1 off each ticket

Contact Julius Dargan at or call (864) 591-5596.

UHM – High Noon Lectures

High Noon Logo
Wednesdays at Noon
September 30 through November 11
Free to all
For complete list of speakers and topics please visit our website:

UHM – Wonderful Wizard of Oz Now Open!

Join us October 4
for Family Fun Day
as we travel somewhere
over the rainbow!
Story Times at 2:00 & 3:00
Arts & Crafts from 1:00-4:00
Rainbow Science Experiment
Limited Space – Sign up day of event
2:30 & 3:30

UHM – Book Talks

Thursday, October 1
Reception at 6:00 p.m.
Program at 6:30 p.m.
Join us for a presentation of The Smell of Battle, The Taste of Siegewith author Mark Smith, Ph.D. Free Members Only Program. To reserve your tickets please call 864-982-4416 or email today!
Saturday, October 17
2:00 p.m.
With New York Times Bestseller
S.C. Gwynne
Free to Members–Free with Admission to Other Guests–Reservations Requested: 864-467-3100 or email 
Book Reservations:


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