The 10-day Come See-Me festival is ready to go out with a bang.
Droves of people are expected to show up for the annual tailgating party from 3 to 9 p.m. today at Winthrop Lake. Family and friends can enjoy live entertainment starting at 3:30 p.m. Fireworks will start at 9 p.m.
"We usually get about 20,000, so we're hoping for a good crowd," spokeswoman Elly Weiss said.
It costs $5 to park and tailgaters should leave their trailered grills at home.
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So far, the weather looks a little iffy for the outdoor event. National Weather Service meteorologist Larry Gabric said there's about a 40 percent chance of rain today, but it likely will only be a quick shower or storm that could pass in about an hour.
"It's not a perfect day, but it's not a complete washout either," Gabric said. "You may have to duck for cover for a while."
Other than a possible shower between 2 and 5 p.m., Gabric said it should be a nice day, with highs in the upper 70s.
In the event of bad weather, check heraldonline.com, call 329-4040 ext. 2007 or visit comeseeme.rockhill.net for information about the tailgating party. Today's barbecue contest will go on rain or shine.
Anyone attending the tailgating party is asked to clean up after themselves. In the past, the event has left a big mess at the lake.
Garbage bags will be distributed and tailgaters are asked to take their trash to bins located around the area.
"In a perfect world, it'd be great if what everyone brings in they would take home with them," said Robert Sexton, a festival board member who works for the city of Rock Hill.
If that doesn't happen, a group of people from the festival and the city will clean up the leftover mess Sunday.