Rock Hill celebrates season with festival, parade

Jackson Parks
Contributing Writer

The Marching Band performs in the 2016 Rock Hill Fall Parade. Photo by Ashli Wagner

Rock Hill will have its Fall Festival and Parade Oct. 5. The parade will begin at 11 a.m. and end about 12 p.m., and the festival will be at Hudson School once the parade concludes.

The festival will offer several attractions from food trucks, face painting and pony rides. The free event will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Parade participants are expected to have already arrived at 10:15 a.m. As it usually has, the parade will begin at the corner of Des Peres Avenue and N. Rock Hill Road and head towards Manchester Road.

The marching band will perform in the parade as it has for years, and the dance team will perform for the first time.

According to the City of Rock Hill’s website, the parade route will proceed north to Manchester Road and then west on Manchester to Kortright Avenue, and conclude at Hudson School. The festival will then begin at Hudson School.

Rock Hill Police Officer Stephanie Shrum said, “People attending can expect a free event […] with live music, pony rides, petting zoo, book sales and more.”

Shrum also noted, “Several businesses and tents will be doing giveaways.”

Shrum added people attending the festival will be able to meet the Rock Hill Police and Fire Departments, and that this year’s festival will have some food trucks and a produce stand, which is new to the festival.

Hannah Heimann, sophomore and resident of Rock Hill, said, “I’m looking forward to going this year, especially with the new additions. My family has gone almost every year since I was little.”

Heimann added, “I am really looking forward to the new food trucks and watching the parade.”


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