Heritage Days Oct. 3-4; Standpipe Festival Oct. 5
Monday, September 9, 2019 at 10:22AM
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Greg Wilson/Anderson Observer

The Belton Standpipe Heritage & Arts Festival, celebrating the City of Belton and the Belton community. is scheduled to begin this year with Heritage Days Oct. 3-4, followed by the Standpipe Festival Oct. 5.

WebbCraft Family Foundation and Foothills Community Foundation recently gave funding to support the upcoming award-winning historical event in for Heritage Days at the Depot. The event, which was designated as the first Certified South Carolina Arts and AgriCulture event by the South Carolina Arts Commission and the South Carolina Department of Agriculture, will host education days on Oct. 3 – 4, for local home school groups and Anderson School District 2 students.  

“Recreating the past skills and artistry of our ancestors so that our community can learn firsthand about the pioneer ways is the foremost reason that Heritage Days at the Depot has been a signature event in Anderson County since 2005,” said Dean Woods, Executive Director of Foothills Community Foundation.  

This year’s event, held on the grounds of the historic Belton Train Depot, will feature the following artisans and historical interpreters:  camp cooks/Scott and Sherri Beam, weaver/Karen Cox , rug hooker/Paula Ashworth, Native American dancer/Chenae Bullock, cooper/Larry Eichman, Revolutionary War heroine/Carin Bloom, beekeeper/Keith Raines, school master/Andrew Shuler, clockmaker/Anthony McDonald , paper marbler/Barbara Ervin, slave story teller and Gullah of SC/Donald Sweeper, stained glass artist/Stacy O’Sullivan, turkey call maker/Bob Harwell, and bowl turner/Scott Richey.

Support for the event comes from Anderson County, City of Belton HTAX, Webb-Craft Family Foundation, Foothills Community Foundation, Hart-Oeland Foundation,  Waste Connections, SC Humanities, National Endowment for the Humanities, the Commercial Bank, Darby Metalworks, Best Buy, the SC Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, Sam’s Club, Chick-Fil-A, Subway, Hardees, McDonalds, and Kentucky Fried Chicken.   

The public is invited to attend the Oct 5 Standpipe Heritage and Arts Festival from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., which will include entertainment - including Adrienne Nicole Music and The Eric Scott Band. There will be numerous food and craft vendors along with fire truck rides and amusement rides, and a car show. The event is scheduled to conclude with a fireworks display at sundown.

 “Through this educational, historic, and artistic event for students and the general public, the Belton Area Museum Association helps to foster understanding of and interest in these folkways, skills, and crafts,” said organizer Alison Darby.  

“It is important for communities to understand their history and heritage, which helps us know who we are, who we’ve been, and who we’ve become. This Festival is a strong example of a successful local event that reaches thousands of students and adults each year,” said T. J. Wallace, Assistant Director of SC Humanities.  

Support for the event comes from Anderson County, City of Belton HTAX, Webb-Craft Family Foundation, Foothills Community Foundation, Hart-Oeland Foundation,  Waste Connections, SC Humanities, National Endowment for the Humanities, the Commercial Bank, Darby Metalworks, Best Buy, the SC Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, Sam’s Club, Chick-Fil-A, Subway, Hardees, McDonalds, and Kentucky Fried Chicken.   

For more information, contact Abigail Burden, Executive Director of the Belton Area Museum Association, at beltonmuseum@bellsouth.net or 864-338-7400.

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