For over thirty years the Belton community has come together to celebrate hometown living in the midst of the upstate’s beautiful fall weather and foliage. This year’s Belton Standpipe Heritage and Arts Festival will combine the best of the past and infuse the event with new and fun activities that the whole family can enjoy.
Featuring local and regional entertainers with live onstage acts, unique arts and crafts from all over the United States, local food venues, and more, this festival is the longest continually running fall festival in Anderson County. The festival will take place on the square in Belton on Saturday, October 1, from 11am to 9pm.
There are many events in the week leading up to the festival. On Saturday, Sept. 24, the Belton Center for the Arts will open its display of over 80 extraordinary pieces of artwork, curated from artists hailing from a tri-state area. The celebration is open to the public and begins at 7pm.
Thursday and Friday, September 29 & 30, will be Education Days at Heritage Days at the Belton depot. Over 2,000 school children will enjoy interactive and hands-on instruction in the skills and artistry of their ancestors. School groups and homeschoolers will attend sessions from 8:45am to 2pm each day.
Beginning Saturday, October 1 and continuing Sunday, the Belton Tennis Association will host the 36th Hall of Fame Classic high school girls tennis tournament. Eight of the state’s top teams will be competing in singles and doubles, including defending champion A. C. Flora, BHP, Chapin, Christ Church, Clinton, Greenville, Spartanburg and T. L. Hanna. Matches will be played at the Belton Tennis Center and Leda Poore Park and everyone is invited to cheer on the players.
Activities on the day of the festival are aplenty.
There will be an open car show on the square from 10am to 3pm. Vintage and antique automobiles as well as newer models will be entered into competition for cash prizes and trophies. Traditionally, over 100 cars have participated in the renowned cruise in each year.
After the opening ceremonies at 11am on the main stage, entertainment will begin at 11:30am and continue throughout the day.
Other activities throughout the day include over 80 crafters and business booths, a children’s fantasy carnival, pony rides and a petting zoo, City of Belton fire truck rides, gem mining, horse-drawn carriage rides, museum and Standpipe tours, art activities, locomotive tours, demos by heritage skills artisans, and more. Food offerings on the square from 12 vendors will run the gamut from fried fish to bratwurst, gourmet baked potatoes and Asian noodles, barbeque and hot wings, lattes, fried Twinkies and Italian ice.
The night will end at 8:30pm with a fireworks show.
Admission and parking are free. Contact Lori Maness at 864-617-9992 or [email protected] for more information.