Conway's Main Street USA is inviting the entire community and all Horry County visitors to help its members celebrate 25 years of accomplishments at a fun-filled Rivertown Music and Art festival Saturday from 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
“It’s the 25th year, and we hope that we’ve gotten experiencing Downtown Conway in a festival atmosphere down to a science,” said Main Street USA director Hillary Howard.
The day will feature music, art, crafts, food and what might be the biggest car show ever held in Conway.
Howard said as many as 100 antique and classic cars are expected for the car show, sponsored by Palmetto Chevrolet. Cars, provided by the Chicora Car Club, will fill the Palmetto Chevrolet lot at 1122 Fourth Ave., Conway and will stretch out along Laurel Street from Third to Fifth Avenue until about 3 p.m.
About 50 awards are expected to be given to the car owners, including Best of Show and Best in Class. This year, the car owners themselves will be asked to pick their favorite car in an Owner’s Choice category.
Music, provided by local talent including this year’s Conway SuperStars, the Authentic Band from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and the Big House from Christ United Methodist Church, will entertain from 10 a.m. until almost 4:30 p.m. when headline bands will take the stage.
The entertainment stage will be located on Laurel Street between Second and Third avenues, near the Conway Police Department.
Want to go?
The 25th Annual Rivertown Music & Arts Festival
- When | 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday
- Where | Downtown Conway
- How much | Free
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The big draws are expected to be Sea-Cruz at 4:30 p.m., which should get the town rocking with its wide range of musical selections from beach music to audience requests; Southern Blue at 6 p.m., with the hottest blues, classic rock and southern rock selections; and Sol Driven Train at 7:30 p.m., with everything from Paul Simon to African Caribbean beats to original songs featuring a variety of topics ranging from life, love, loss and long johns.
Howard says Sol Driven Train is based in Charleston, but has built a huge following along the Grand Strand thanks to local radio stations that are giving them lots of play time and have invited them into their studios.
About 50 vendors featuring arts and crafts and Downtown Conway merchants will line Third Avenue from Main to Elm Street. Howard is expecting lots of painters this year, along with jewelers, woodworkers, glass workers, potters, photographers and more.
There will be a food court at the corner of Third Avenue and Laurel Street. Because Downtown Conway has an unusually large number of truly great restaurants, outdoor food vendors will offer light menus.
The Freeze will be serving funnel cake fries, which use the same batter as the traditional funnel cakes, but are more manageable, Howard said.
Bellacino’s will serve pizza and salad and Jade Thomas Restaurant & Catering will also offer tasty treats.
Festival-goers need to bring chairs so they can sit and listen to the music comfortably.
Ten downtown restaurants and bars that normally sell alcohol will be selling beer and wine during the festival, and, for that one day only, people will be allowed to take their beer and wine in opaque cups into the festival area.
No coolers will be allowed.
The Rivertown Music and Art festival is sponsored by Horry Telephone Cooperative, Wave 104.1-FM, WPDE-TV Channel 15 and PcRx Computers.
Although Howard expects lots of families to attend the festival, she says there are no activities planned specifically for children.
“Is there something to occupy the kids down there for three hours? No,” Howard said.
However, she says she’s sure that lots of people will want to bring their children, especially considering that there is no admission fee.
“It’s a great stroll,” she said.