Festival honors late city worker, Winthrop Athletic Department

Lynn Carter Koven was well known in Rock Hill for her community involvement.

Koven, a longtime city employee, died in October at age 55, but she was honored this week for her dedication to the city's annual Come-See-Me festival.

"Lynn was at the heart of what Come-See-Me is about," Ann Terry, past festival chairwoman, said Wednesday during a breakfast at Manchester Meadows that also served to introduce Cameron "Bubba" Bailey of Rock Hill as the 2009 festival chairman and to present the Beyond the Glen award to the Winthrop University Athletic Department.

The special presentation in memory of Koven was the first of its kind, according to a written statement from the festival committee.

Koven served in various festival roles over the years, most recently as a tailgate and fireworks team leader. She also had encouraged festival officials to bring Gourmet Gardens back to Cherry Park from downtown, a highlight of opening weekend featuring food and entertainment.

Terry said Koven's untimely death last fall left a huge hole in the fabric of the community, including Come-See-Me.

Koven, a graduate of Winthrop University, worked 35 years for the city of Rock Hill. Her last position was as a housing and neighborhood services supervisor.

Koven's family received her award.

Another festival award, so special that it's not always given each year, is the Beyond the Glen award, a lifetime achievement award, which went to the Winthrop University Athletic Department. The department was recognized for its continual participation in festival activities, such as team leading, event coordination, traffic controlling and other duties.

Honorees were Michael Bush, Scott Finn, Charlie McDonald, Dan Murray, Tom Hickman and Mike Drummond.

Bailey, next year's chairman, also has been long involved in festival activities. As a youngster he entered his frog "Cocky," named after the Carolina Gamecocks, in the mayor's frog jumping contest. Last year, he served as co-chairman and board member, and in previous years served as a team leader.

Bailey said next year's festival organizers have some new activities under consideration.

"We hope to improve on some things and put in a few new things," he said.

Bailey named Catherine Faircloth and Matt Watson, both of Rock Hill, as the 2009 festival vice chairs. Faircloth has served on the Junior Welfare League, the York County Regional Chamber of Commerce and United Way. Watson has served as a festival team leader.