Mini festival, music offered in downtown Laurens

With weather this weekend expected to be warm and sunny, Main Street Laurens is offering the upcoming Fall Family Days mini-festival as a way to bring people back to Laurens’ Historic Public Square for some live music and good food.

“The weather sounds like it’s going to be perfect for getting outside,” said Main Street Laurens Director Jonathan Irick. “We want people to come and walk around the businesses and have fun in downtown again.”

Many businesses are participating, including United Community Bank which will host a shred truck free of charge for anyone who would like to come Saturday morning between 9 a.m. and noon to the bank’s parking lot, Irick said.

“We are actually launching the weekend Friday morning when the City of Laurens holds a dedication for the Back Street Park at 11 a.m.,” Irick said. “Then Main Street will hold a ribbon cutting for the mural at 4 o’clock, and Elite Home Care, which allowed us to use their building, will have refreshments and is hosting tours of their business.”

 Friday evening activities begin at 5 p.m. with free marshmallow roasting stations, businesses and restaurants which are running specials, and music by The Song Band which begins at 6 p.m. and performs a wide variety of music.

Food trucks will be available at the Food Truck Plaza, and local restaurants will also be open, Irick said.

On Saturday morning craft vendors and businesses open up at 10 a.m., and the TDS Cloggers from The Dance Shop perform at 11:30.

“Then from 3 to 5 p.m. we have a band called Double Take, with Mark Adams, who is local and a member of The Shag Doctorz, joined by saxophonist Steve Crone, who’s also a member of The Shag Doctorz,” Irick said.

“We would like people to wear masks if not with their family groups and observe social distancing,” Irick said. “We would like to be able to have more of these small events because we’re all looking for safe activities we can do.”

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