Belton Standpipe Heritage and Arts Festival

October 6, 2018 | 10 AM – 10 PM

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.  We invite you to join thousands of our friends on the Square in Belton for a great celebration of hometown fun and entertainment on Saturday, October 6.

This year’s festival is sponsored in part by the Belton Alliance, the City of Belton Hospitality Fund, Waste Connections, Anderson County ATAX, Belton Metal Corporation, and Superior Engineering.  Admission and parking are free.

Pre Festival Events:

Friday, Sept. 28, 7 PM        The Belton Center for the Arts presents the opening celebration of the 20th Annual Standpipe Heritage and Arts Festival Juried Art Show. Free to the public, join your friends and neighbors as you enjoy food, fellowship, and great artwork!

Saturday, Sept. 29, 7 PM  Join us at the Belton Depot for an evening of favorite covers, show tunes, classic rock, gospel and a little bit of everything as the Combo Kings Take the Stage to benefit the Belton Area Museum Association.  The concert is free to the community, but donations will be gladly accepted to fund new exhibits at the museum.  No cover charge.  Cash bar ($2 wine, $2 beer).

Thursday and Friday, October 4 and 5            Education Days at Heritage Days at the Depot:  Over 2000 school children will enjoy interactive and hands-on instruction in the skills and artistry of our ancestors. School groups and homeschoolers will attend sessions from 8:45 – 2 PM each day.

Friday, October 5 11:00 until 7:30     The Belton Tennis Association  and ANMED Health will be hosting the South Carolina Men’s Collegiate Championships with matches played at the Belton Tennis Center, Leda Poore Park and Belton-Honea Path High School.    Play will continue Saturday from 8:00 until 5:00 and Sunday from 8:00 until 3:30.  Tournament players come from varsity teams of state colleges, including Clemson, South Carolina, South Carolina State, Wofford, Furman, The Citadel, PC, Winthrop, Coastal Carolina, Newberry, North Greenville and USC Sumter.

Festival Day, Saturday, October 6:

Check in/Information Booths: (Belton Square, 9:00 AM – 7 PM) — At the 3 entrances to the festival, booths sponsored by BHP AFJROTC and the local Girl Scout troops are available for visitors to sign in and receive maps and schedules of all events.

road race American Legion Breakfast:  (Campbell Street, 8 – 10 AM) — For $6 where else can you find a hardy man’s breakfast including cooked-to-order eggs, sausage and bacon, biscuits and gravy, and grits!  All proceeds benefit American Legion youth programs.

Standpipe Festival 5K Run & 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk – Starting location is Belton First Baptist Church parking lot, Brown Ave. Registration opens on the morning of the run at 6:30 am.  The run starts on Brown Avenue between the First Baptist Church and Belton Tennis Center and will loop through downtown and residential areas.  Moderately hill, fast course.  Times at each mile of the 5K course.  Water agvailable at approximately 1 and 2 miles of 5K race.  No stroller or pets on course.  Certification:  5K-SC88028BS.  One Mile Fun Run/Walk begins at 8:00 am; 5K Meter Run begins at 8:30 am. $20 for pre-registration; $25 for registration after 9/30/17.  T-shirts guaranteed for pre-registered (5K & Fun Run/Walk) and while supplies last on the day of the race.  Prizes and awards.  Male and female age divisions:  13 & Under, 14 to 18, 19 to 24, 25 to 29, 30 to 34, 35 to 39, 40 to 44, 45 to 49, 50 to 54, 55 to 59, 60 to 69 and 70 & Over.  Trophies to male and female overall winners in 5K and Fun Run/Walk.  Also, First Masters Male and Female in 5K.  Trophies to the first 3 places in each age group, male and female in 5K.  Medals to all registered participants in 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk.  For more information, contact Renea Rowland at 864-338-1600. Download Registration Form Here

car showOpen Car Show – (Belton Square, registration 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM, awards presentations at 3:45 PM) — Must be entered registered by 12:30 October 7 to be judged.  $20 entry fee.  Vintage and antique automobiles as well as newer models will be entered into competition in six categories for cash prizes and trophies.  Traditionally, over 100 cars participate each year in this renowned cruise in. Register Your Car On This Form

Opening Ceremonies on the Main Stage: (10 AM) — Free to the public; the Opening Ceremony begins at 10 AM with the Presentation of Colors by the B-HP AFJROTC followed by the National Anthem and introduction of special guests. The illustrious Norma Hughes-Smith returns as our Mistress of Ceremonies.

Live Entertainment: (Main Stage, Belton Square, 10 AM – 9:15 PM) — Free to the public; various performances and demonstrations will take place throughout the day.

Belton Standpipe Heritage and Arts Festival Juried Art Show and Market (Belton Center for the Arts, 10 AM – 3 PM) — Free to the public;  come see contemporary art representing all mediums and styles created by artists from three states.  In addition, patrons are able to browse artwork for sale which benefits the BCA.

BCA Children’s Art Activities: (Belton Center for the Arts, Belton Square, 10 AM – 3 PM) — Free to the public; youngsters can enjoy having their faces painted and creating fun fall crafts.

Children’s Play Area: (Belton City Square, 10 AM – 10 PM) — Inflatable bounces and games, fee for armband which entitles children to unlimited access.

Pony Rides: (Library grounds, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM) — Led by trained horsemen of the EZ Horsemanship Club, adults and children ages 3 and up can take a wonderful horse/pony ride for a minimal fee; exotic and farm animals will be on hand to feed and touch, to the delight of children of all ages. All proceeds benefit  The American Heart Association.

Blood Mobile: (Breazeale Street, 9 Am – 1 PM) While you’re at the festival, come give to a great cause. The Blood Connection will be available to take your blood donations to help victims of disasters around the South.

SC Department of Natural Resources/Boating Simulator and Impaired Goggles Exhibit:  (Breazeale Street, 10 AM – 1 PM)—Boaters can find out how distracted driving causes more and more accidents each year. The internationally popular evidence-based prevention tool is used to educate people of all ages about the consequences of substance misuse and abuse. Demonstrations and simulated real-life experiences await all who sign up for the challenge.

City of Belton Fire Truck Rides: (Belton Square, 1 – 8:00 PM) — $2 ticket for this fun ride;  proceeds benefit the Fire Safety Education programs.

Build-and-Grow Projects: (Belton Square, 10 AM – 2 PM) —Lowe’s and Home Depot will help children learn how to use hand tools while making a special wood craft to take home.

Library Activities: (Belton Branch Library Tent, 10 AM – 1 PM) —The Belton Library will be hosting a tent at the end of their drive on Breazeale Street.

Museum Exhibit—Portraits: An Historical Lens (Historic Belton Train Depot, North End Gallery, 10 AM – 4 PM) — The exhibit features portraits from earliest oil miniatures to daguerreotypes to modern photography examples. Interesting stories and anecdotes are included about the people, both ordinary and famous, who appear in the portraits.  Vintage and antique camera equipment is also on display. Interactive activities including a photo booth with historic clothing and accessories to wear, a selfie wall, and a mix and match facial collage make the exhibit fun for all ages.

Heritage Days at the Depot: (Greenspace surrounding Historic Belton Train Depot, 10 AM – 4 PM) — Free to the public, this Certified SC Arts and Agriculture Event celebrates our folk heritage through demonstrations and presentations by traditional skills artisans and historical interpreters. This year’s presenters include a corn shuck chair caner, a Civil War soldier, a luthier, an herbalist, a Native American jeweler, a decoy carver, a tatter, a Gullah wood burning artist, a paper maker, a quilter, a Native American foodways specialist, a Gullah story teller, an indigo dyer, a Native American dancer, and a sweetgrass basket sewer.  Sponsored by City of Belton HTAX, Foothills Community Foundation, SC Humanities, First Quality, WebbCraft Family Foundation, the SC Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, Waste Connections, Anderson County,  Darby Metalworks, Inc., Commercial Bank, BestBuy, Publix, and Anderson County ATAX.


BAMA Antique Market, Silent Auction, and Appraisals: (Belton Depot, 10 AM – 4 PM) — The public is invited to browse through and purchase antiques offered for sale by acclaimed collectors, bid on few donated treasures during the silent auction benefiting the museum, and bring in personal treasures for examination by an expert appraiser.  A $5 donation to BAMA is required for each item to be appraised and each year people find they own unique and valuable family heirlooms.

Locomotive Tours: (10 AM – 2 PM, behind Depot)—All Aboard! Everyone is invited to hop on board a real locomotive. Pickens Railway personnel will be available to answer questions and hand out safety materials to patrons.

Picken's Railroad trains still pass through Belton several times each day

Historic Mule-Drawn Wagon Rides Through Historic District: (Belton Depot, Anderson Street Parking Lot, 10 AM – 5:00 PM) — Come take a leisurely ride through the historic district of the City of Belton as a guide narrates the history of its people and places.  View the beautiful architecture, learn about the entrepreneurs and the town’s eccentric characters, and listen to interesting stories and fascinating facts of another age and time; cost per rider – Adults $5 each; Students $3 each; Under 3 free; Sponsored by Superior Engineering in support of the Belton Area Museum Association programs. Times to Board: 10:30 AM , 11:10 AM, 11:50 AM, 12:30 PM, 1:40 PM , 2:20 PM, 3:00 PM, 3:40 PM, 4:20 PM, and 5:00 PM.

Tours of Historic Belton Standpipe: (Campbell Street, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM) — Free to the public, these tours feature an entertaining look inside this historic structure which has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Belton's Standpipe

SC Tennis Hall of Fame Tours: (Belton Depot, 10 AM – 4 PM) — Free to the public.  The SC Tennis Hall of Fame celebrates the achievements of SC’s famous tennis stars.  There are mementos from all of the Hall of Fame inductees including such outstanding players as Dennis Van der Meer and Stan Smith, both Wimbledon contenders.  All of the portraits of inductees are painted by internationally acclaimed artist Wayland Moore, a Belton native.

Inductee portraits are painted by renowned artist Wayland Moore, a Belton nativeSouth Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame on the south end of the Belton Depot opened in 1983


Corn Hole Tourney: (In front of Belton Depot, 4:30 PM – 8:30 PM) Open to all amateur teams of all ages, limited to 20 teams. Each team will vie for the chance to win a cash prize of at least $100 while having fun on Main Street. Single elimination tourney under the supervision of Richard Kelly. $10 entry fee. Proceeds benefit BAMA.

Relay for Life Bingo Tent:  (Belton Square, 10 AM – 4 PM) –Win great prizes for $1 per card while supporting a worthy cause to combat cancer.

 Salvation Army Emergency Response Team (Belton Square, 10 AM – 2 PM) –Everyone needs to know how to be prepared beforehand and how to deal with the aftermath of a disaster.  Lectures, demonstrations, and information will be offered to help all families feel prepared to meet the challenges.

Food Vendors:  (On the Square, 10 AM – 10 PM)–From barbecue to hot wings, from ice cream to fried candy bars, from cotton candy to funnel cakes, there’s so much variety, you can’t go away hungry. Apply to Be a Food Vendor Here

Belton Alliance Booth:  Visit with the presenters of the Standpipe Festival and learn more about Belton’s marketing efforts centered on the theme “Belton….A Historic Heart with a New Beat! T-shirts will be available for sale as well as give-a-ways while supplies last.

Lion’s Club Booth: (Belton Square, 10:00 AM – 5 PM) — Sponsored by Belton Lion’s Club, visitors can receive information about events and activities while checking out the famed Lion’s Club items for sale.

Craft Vendors:  (On the Square, 10 AM – 10 PM)—Over 65 quality craft vendors will be selling everything from handmade items to the latest is styles and fads. Apply to Be a Craft Vendor Here

T-Shirts Sales: The collectible commemorative Standpipe Heritage and Arts Festival shirts will be available in a limited quantity.

FFA Boosters Booth: (On the Square, 10 AM – 4 PM)

BHP Bear Booster Club (On the Square, 10 AM – 4 PM) –The latest in attire and accessories for the avid Bear fan await you at this booth.

BHP Performing Arts Boosters:  (On the Square, 10 AM – 4 PM)—Coffee, donuts, cupcakes, softdrinks, and goodies will be sold along with a chance to win seven themed gift baskets, purchase t-shirts and tickets for the upcoming events.

Flashback Trivia Contest:  (Belton Square, 6:30 PM) Free to the public, sponsored by Superior Engineering.  Test your prowess at  trivia from the last 3o years and win cash prizes.

Street Dance: (Belton Square, 7:15 PM – 9:30 PM): Get ready to enjoy some classic entertainment at this year’s  Street Dance.  Entertainers to be announced.

Fireworks Display (Belton Square, 9:30 PM) — Sponsored by Waste Connections, your family will ooh and ahh as colorful fireworks burst over the historic Standpipe to end the festival.

Events subject to change.  Check back for more details as events/activities are added.