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Published on March 14th, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Eau Claire Community Council to Hold Eau Claire Fest on Saturday, April 26

Picture l-r; Henry Hopkins, Executive Director of the Eau Claire Community Council; Janice Surginer, Eau Claire Fest Coordinator; and Christie Savage, President of the Eau Claire Community Council 

COLUMBIA, SC — Eau Claire Community Council held a press conference on Wednesday, March 12, to announce the official launch of Eau Claire Fest 2014.

Henry Hopkins, Executive Director of the Eau Claire Community Council, Christie Savage, President of the Eau Claire Community Council, Theodore Harrison, representative of Eau Claire Fest Planning Committee, and Janice Surginer, Eau Claire Fest Coordinator, joined at the Eau Claire Town Hall to announce that Eau Claire Fest 2014 will be held on Saturday, April 26 from 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Eau Claire Fest 2014 will highlight the diversity of visual, performing arts and cultural traditions rooted in the former town of Eau Claire in North Columbia, SC. At the 2014 Festival, the Eau Claire community will open its doors and arms with the theme of “Welcoming Others to the Place Where We Live, Work, Play, Worship”.

Theodore Harrison described all of the elements of Eau Claire Fest 2014, beginning with the parade, which will travel up North Main Street beginning at 11:00 a.m. Harrison said” Eau Claire Fest will once again get kicked off with a parade — the Fonky Fest Parade. Floats, marching bands, classic cars, entertainers and local celebrities will cruise through these streets to get our celebration started.”

Savage shared that the free festival will appeal to the entire family with “something for everyone”. Eau Claire Fest will have four areas for entertainment – three outside stages and Hyatt Park gym will be set up for a variety of musicians, dancers, actors and poets to showcase their talents. Throughout the Fest, prizes will be given to festivalgoers who participate in Community Minute to Win It Games and Community Karaoke. Children will have access to arts and craft projects in The KidZone; while older kids and adults are entertained by step teams, classic car/bike displays and other hands-on activities.

The 2014 Eau Claire Fest will include the Healthy Columbia Health Fair, which will offer screenings, healthy cooking demonstrations and physical fitness activities. Local gardeners will be on-hand to spotlight one of Columbia’s community gardens and food vendors have been encouraged to offer healthy choices on their menus.

The 2014 Eau Claire Fest will also include an International Court featuring the Main Street Marketplace. Festivalgoers will be able to purchase unique wares, art, books and get vital information from area nonprofits. Surginer described, “the people that fill these streets will be greeted by the aromas of great festival foods and a grand celebration of everything Eau Claire.”

“We encourage everyone to make plans now to come uptown to ‘Meet your friends at the Tower’ on Saturday, April 26th for Eau Claire Fest 2014,” said Henry Hopkins.

For more information about the Eau Claire Fest 2014, visit www.eauclairefest.com.

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