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Come-See-Me includes old favorites, new events

Come-See-Me has a new venue that organizers say will make your head spin.

The Giordana Velodrome, a 250-meter oval cycling track, is hosting a new event that joins the old favorites at the 49th annual Come-See-Me festival.

Fresh off its March 17 grand opening, the new velodrome at the Rock Hill Outdoor Center will hold the first ever Healthy Kid Zone on the afternoon of April 21. Among the kid-focused activities are fitness stations and tricycle races.

Three new fund-raisers have also joined the Come-See-Me line-up.

With 40 wines and nine brands of scotch, there is a tasting event with hors d’oeuvres to raise money for the York County Arts Council on April 14.

On April 21, Make a Bed, Make a Difference Bed Race sends themed beds down Rock Hill’s Main Street to support Family Promise, a homeless shelter for families.

“We have so many creative minds in our community that like to have fun, and I am picturing in my head what the entries will be,” said Jodie Roberts-Smith, festival chairwoman. “It will be so great.”

That afternoon at Winthrop Lake will be Frogapalooza, where rubber frogs are dropped 50 feet from the top of a fire department ladder truck. Those landing on target win prizes. Proceeds benefit the York County Regional Chamber’s Buy Local Campaign.

Festival classics include the Beach Bash on the evening of April 13, featuring Second Nature, and on April 14, the Road Race and Fun Run, the Salute to Spring Parade and Gourmet Gardens at Cherry Park. Live music begins at 11:30 a.m.

The Salute to Spring Parade at 11:30 a.m. will honor those in the military for their courage, service and sacrifice, and feature marching bands, floats, mascots and local organizations celebrating the season.

The final weekend of the festival will bring some of the most popular events – Moonlight Jazz and Blues featuring Yo’ Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band from 7:30 to 10 p.m. on April 20, and the Tailgate Party and Fireworks Extravaganza on April 21 with music by York County’s own Parallel from 5 to 6:45 p.m., and country music by BlackHawk from 7 to 9 p.m. Parking is $5 per car.

It is the fifth year for the Barbecue Cook-Off, where competitors prepare anything non-pork, from gumbo and barbecue chicken to desserts, for judging by the S.C. Barbecue Association.

It’s all about breakfast this year as three local groups host morning events.

One of the longest-running Come-See-Me traditions is the Boy Scout’s Pancake Breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. April 14 at First Presbyterian Church, 234 E. Main St. This year marks the 43rd year for the event. Tickets are $6 per person and available at the door. Children under five eat free.

Start off April 17 with a good breakfast, an inspirational message and the chance to honor local leaders at the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast at Westminster Presbyterian Church on India Hook Road. Prayer breakfast tickets are $15 per person or $150 for corporate tables. Tickets must be purchased in advance from Kiwanis members, at Warren Norman & Co. or Thursdays, Too.

Sunday Brunch in the historic Armstrong-Mauldin house at 607 Aiken Ave. by the Woman’s Club of Rock Hill will take place on April 15 and 22. Reservations are suggested and strolls through the restored Mauldin Gardens are encouraged.

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