Blue Ridge Fest brings cars, cash prizes, and The Oak Ridge Boys to town

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The Blue Ridge Fest draws crowds each year for the food, cars, music, and fun. Photo provided.

Model A Fords, a $10,000 cash prize, good food, and The Oak Ridge Boys — it must be time for the 22nd annual Blue Ridge Fest in Pickens.

Hosted by Blue Ridge Electric Co-op volunteer employees, this year’s Blue Ridge Fest on Friday includes its classic car cruise-in, a raffle for three cash prizes, and music.

The cruise-in is the largest in the Upstate and offers car-lovers a chance to see everything from Studebakers to hot rods.

Blue Ridge Fest is a car-lover’s heaven. Photo provided.

One lucky raffle ticket-holder will win $10,000 cash at the Blue Ridge Fest. Second and third place prizes are $5,000 and $2,000. Raffle tickets can be purchased for $5 each or five for $20.

Mixed in with the cars, food, and raffle will be music entertainment by Grammy Award-winning The Oak Ridge Boys, The Tams, Jim Quick & Coastline, and local band MAGIC. Festival-goers will hear everything from beach beats and shagging hits to gospel, country, and pop.

For those wanting to get up and move to the music, they can hit the dance floor in front of the stage. The floor will be covered with cornmeal for shaggers and all dancers to enjoy. 

Created in 1998, the festival is known for helping people while offering a good time for all involved. Through employee volunteers’ efforts and sponsors’ generosity, Blue Ridge Fest has raised a total of over $2.8 million to help charities in Anderson, Greenville, Oconee, and Pickens.

Festival-goers can enjoy live music from several bands. Photo provided.

“Giving back to those who most need help and its concept of employee volunteers are what make Blue Ridge Fest unique among sister festivals,” Jim Lovinggood, Blue Ridge Electric president and CEO, said in a statement.

Each year, 12 charities are selected by an employee committee to receive funding from the festival. 

This year’s selected charities include: A Child’s Haven, Anderson Free Clinic, Anderson Interfaith Ministries, Cancer Association of Pickens County, The Dream Center of Pickens County, Feed a Hungry Child, Fostering Faithfully, Golden Corner Food Pantry, Grace’s Closet, The Lachlan McIntosh Tannery Foundation, North Greenville Crisis Ministry, and Pickens County Meals on Wheels.

Blue Ridge Fest

When: Friday, May 3, 5:30 to 10 p.m.

Where: Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative, 734 West Main St., Pickens

Tickets: $25 for adults; $15 for ages 7-12; free for ages 6 and under.

Info: www.blueridgefest.com

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