Celebrate Memorial Day at Seneca Fest 2017

If you are looking for a fun way to celebrate the Memorial Day weekend in the Upstate, Seneca, SC’s 11th annual Seneca Fest celebration will offer family-oriented fun and the opportunity to enjoy some good food and music. The event kicks off with Jazz on the Alley at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 25th on Ram Cat Alley, the heart of historic downtown Seneca. Festivities will continue on May 26th-27th at the Gignilliat Community Center. 

While Ram Cat Alley comes alive with music and outdoor dining every Thursday evening from April to October, event organizers are happy to present “the hottest party band in the Midsouth”—The Funk Factory—as a special treat to start the Seneca Fest Weekend with a bang. While enjoying the music, attendees can also enjoy foods and beverages from the Ram Cat Social House, Vangeli’s Bistro, and The Spot on the Alley. Visitors are welcome to bring lawn chairs to sit and enjoy the music. 

According to Walhalla native Jill Johnson, “I like Seneca Fest because of the diverse entertainment that is kid friendly.” Johnson says that she looks forward to attending the event each year with her family, adding, “We always enjoy the interesting vendor crafts for sale, as well as all the different food options.” She is especially looking forward to this year’s event because she will be able to see one of her favorite bands, Mother’s Finest. 

Like Jill Johnson, event organizers are excited about Saturday’s and Sunday’s entertainment at the Gignilliat Community Center. Mother’s Finest, a funk rock band from Atlanta, GA, will perform on Friday. According to event coordinator Riley Johnson, “Friday afternoon at 5:00 p.m.—it’s the Battle of the Bands Talent Search, and the winner will actually open up for Mother’s Finest that night!” The Battle of the Bands Talent Search competition is sponsored by the Golden Corner’s Radio Station, WGOG. 

Saturday will be jam packed with events at the Gignilliat Community Center. The Blue Ridge Arts Center will host Arts and Crafts fun for children and adults from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. At 12:00 p.m. in the Gignilliat Basketball Gym, there will be a wrestling match featuring World Championship Wrestling Hall of Fame Inductees and local tag team favorites, Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson, the Rock N’ Roll Express. According to lifelong wrestling fan and Salem resident, Brian Rogers, “If you grew up in the 80s watching the NWA, you can’t miss this event! These guys always put on a great show, so fans don’t want to miss the chance to see them at Seneca Fest!” 

Country music fans will be thrilled with the Saturday evening outdoor concert to be held on Gignilliat Field. Asheville native McKayla Reece will open the show, followed by veteran country music performers Sammy Kershaw at 7:00 p.m. and Aaron Tippin at 9:00 p.m. 

The Gignilliat Community Center is located at 621 North Townville Street in Seneca. Weekend passes to Seneca Fest are available for $10 while supplies last, and tickets for individual events are also available for purchase. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Seneca City Hall at 864-885-2700.

Photos courtesy of the City of Seneca.

Angela Rogers is a teacher, bibliophile, and freelance writer who is a lifelong resident of the Upstate.

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