Rhythm on the Rails set for this weekend in Clinton

This weekend’s railroad-themed festival won’t begin until 4 p.m. Friday, but the day will start really early for Clinton city employees when WSPA sets up to broadcast live at 4:30 a.m.

“We will be out here Friday morning from 4:30 to 9 a.m. because WSPA will be here doing ‘Daybreak’ from The Depot,” said Mary-Wallace Riley, special projects coordinator for the City of Clinton.

Later in the day, the roads will close at 2 p.m. and WSSL 100 will hold a ticket drop for country music singer Josh Turner’s June concert during its live broadcast, which goes from 4 to 6 p.m. The 14-Caret Gold Band plays at 6 p.m. at The Depot, followed by The Tams at 7 p.m.

On Saturday children from every school in District 56 will provide music throughout the morning with vocal ensembles, steel drum bands and musicians.

City of Clinton firefighters will host a 10 a.m. firefighter competition on East Main Street, with firefighters from the City of Laurens and stations across the county. Once that’s completed, the Old Model T Club takes over that section of East Main, Riley said.

Hunter Holmes will perform music from the height of the railroad blues era when he takes the stage Saturday at noon. Mac Arnold and a Plate Full of Blues, Jack Roper’s band and country rock band Jake Bartley take the Depot stage at 7 p.m.

“On Saturday we go from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.,” Riley said.

The Chamber of Commerce will hold its tourism-related Heritage Hype on a portion of Musgrove Street, showcasing the tourism-related activities and organizations throughout the county, and craft vendors will be up and down Broad, Main and a section of Musgrove.

And throughout both days, barbecue will be among the popular food choices as ROTR offers its first Southern Barbecue Network (SBN)-sanctioned competition.

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