Uniquely Union a success


Success due to combination of attractions

By Charles Warner - cwarner@civitasmedia.com



Charles Warner | The Union Times Mariah Harris bounces up in the air on the 4-Person Trampoline in the Kidz Zone during the Uniquely Union Festival Saturday morning. The festival, which was held on and around the USC Union campus, provided children and adults with a number of fun things to enjoy including the activities in the Kidz Zone, live musical performances, vendors selling a variety of items, and the annual BBQ contest.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Miriam Smith makes bubbles during Saturday’s Uniquely Union Festival. The festival, which was held Friday and Saturay on and around the USC Union campus, provided children and adults with two days of fun things to enjoy including the activities in the Kidz Zone, live musical performances, vendors selling a variety of items, and the annual BBQ contest.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Noah Benjamin Grimes smiles as he enjoys playing in the Kiddie Animal Land inflatable at the Uniquely Union Festival Saturday morning. Kiddie Animal Land was one of a number of fun activities for children in the Kidz Zone at the Uniquely Union Festival which was held Friday and Saturday on and around the USC Union campus.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Kiddie Animal Land was one of several inflatables enjoyed by children during the Uniquely Union Festival this past weekend. The festival, which was held Friday and Saturday on and around the USC Union campus, featured a Kidz Zone that allow children attending to play on inflatables and enjoy other fun activities.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Emily Anderson gets a heart painted on her face by Judy Caston of the Friends of the Library during the Uniquely Union Festival Saturday morning. Face painting was one of a number of fun activities for children in the festival’s Kidz Zone. The two-day festival was held on and around the USC Union campus and provided those in attendance with not only children’s activities but also live music, vendors selling food and other items at the festival, and the opportunity to do some shopping on Main Street in downtown Union.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Holden Lipford is quite a brave young man to be riding such a ferocious looking shark. The shark ride was one of a number of activities for children offered by the Uniquely Union Festival’s Kidz Zone. Children attending the festival on Friday and Saturday got to enjoy rock climbing, jumping up and down on a 4-Person trampoline, playing in Justice League of America, Frozen, and Kiddie Animal Land inflatables, and in the Hamster balls as well the opportunity to ride on this shark.


Charles Warner | The Union Times DJ Motown Bobby provided a steady stream of music for those visiting the Kidz Zone at the Uniquely Union Festival this past Saturday. Music was a big part of the festival which, in addition to the recorded music provided by DJ Motown Bobby, provided visitors with live music by a variety of bands who performed on the Main Stage in the USC Union Patrons’ Park.


Charles Warner | The Union Times There was a lot of fun things to do at the Uniquely Union Festival, but sometimes you gotta take a break and that’s what Carol Willis did Saturday afternoon as she sat down for a few minutes. The Uniquely Union Festival was held Friday and Saturday on and around the grounds of USC Union. The festival provided those attending with a variety of activities including live musical performances, a Kidz Zone, vendors selling food and other items, opportunities to shop on Main Street in downtown Union, and a BBQ festival. Now that’s a lot of fun.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Saturday at the Uniquely Union Festival was a lot of fun but it was also a hot day and Rhonda Lee and her granddaughter Anna Grace Lee took a break in the shade. The Uniquely Union Festival was held Friday and Saturday on and around the grounds of USC Union. The festival provided those attending with a variety of activities including live musical performances, a Kidz Zone, vendors selling food and other items, opportunities to shop on Main Street in downtown Union, and a BBQ festival.


Charles Warner | The Union Times This Justice League of America bouncy house one of a number of fun activities that children attending the Uniquely Union Festival were able to enjoy in the festival’s Kidz Zone. The festival was held Friday and Saturday on and around the USC Union campus.


Charles Warner | The Union Times These children are having a good time playing in one of the bouncy houses in the Kidz Zone at the Uniquely Union Festival Saturday afternoon. The Kidz Zone had a number of activities for children including inflatables, rock climbing, a trampoline, and Hamster balls. The festival was held Friday and Saturday on and around the USC Union campus.


Charles Warner | The Union Times These two Hamster Balls were among the activities offered children in the Kidz Zone of the Uniquely Union Festival this past weekend. Children climbed inside them and then using their hands and feet made them roll forwards. The festival was held Friday and Saturday on and around the USC Union campus.


UNION — A Kidz Zone that was always busy, a diverse group of musical performers, vendors with a variety of things to sell, and a barbecue competition helped make this year’s Uniquely Union Festival a success.

As in years past, the 2016 Uniquely Union Festival was a two-day event that began on Friday and continued Saturday. This year’s festival took place largely on the grounds and in the immediate area of USC Union though a number of stores on Main Street were also open in conjunction with the festival.

The festival featured a number of activities for both children and adults including a Kidz Zone which included inflatables such as Frozen, Justice League of America, Kiddie Animal Land, and other fun activities such as Hamster Balls, 4-person trampoline, 26’ Lindy Dry Slide, and a Rock Climbing Wall. The Kidz Zone also featured a DJ who provided a steady stream of music for the children and their families.

Live music was also a big part of the festival, with a number of bands performing each day on the Main Stage in the USC Union Patrons’ Park. The park also hosted a number of vendors while other vendors lined Mountain Street next to the park. The festival also featured a BBQ competition that was easily the tastiest part of the festival.

For those who wanted to do a little shopping beyond what the vendors were offering, a number of stores on Main Street were open including the USC Union Bookstore, the Friends of the Library Bookstore, and a variety of gift, clothing, and jewelry shops. The Union County Museum was also open providing those attending the festival with the opportunity to learn about the history of Union County.

Uniquely Union Festival Chair Kim Lawson said that all of these attractions combined to make this year’s a festival a success.

“For the most part things went pretty smoothly,” Lawson said Monday. “The kids seemed to enjoy all the attractions we had in the Kidz Zone. It stayed busy all day both days.

“We had a good variety of bands and everyone seemed to enjoy the music,” she said. “We had a large number of people participate in Taster’s Choice (BBQ Competition) and that went well. The vendors that I spoke with seemed happy with the turnout and the crowd in their area.”

Lawson said that the festival committee is happy with how this year’s festival turned out and is looking forward to next year’s.

Sponsors

The following businesses and organizations sponsored this year’s Uniquely Union Festival.

• Presenting Sponsor — City of Union

• Platinum Sponsors — USC Union, Timken, Union County Tourism Commission, Gestamp

• Gold Sponsors — Lockhart Power, Founders Federal Credit Union, WBCU

• Bronze Sponsors — Quality Inn, Dollar General, Subway, Gutter Guard, Re-elect Mike Anthony House Dist. 42, Bi-Lo, Wells Fargo

• Friends of the Festival — Sam’s Club, Costco

Lawson said the festival committee wants to thank the festival’s sponsors for their support of Uniquely Union.

“We really appreciate all of our sponsors for the event,” Lawson said. “We really appreciate them, we could not do this without them.”

Charles Warner | The Union Times Mariah Harris bounces up in the air on the 4-Person Trampoline in the Kidz Zone during the Uniquely Union Festival Saturday morning. The festival, which was held on and around the USC Union campus, provided children and adults with a number of fun things to enjoy including the activities in the Kidz Zone, live musical performances, vendors selling a variety of items, and the annual BBQ contest.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_IMG_0019Festival.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Mariah Harris bounces up in the air on the 4-Person Trampoline in the Kidz Zone during the Uniquely Union Festival Saturday morning. The festival, which was held on and around the USC Union campus, provided children and adults with a number of fun things to enjoy including the activities in the Kidz Zone, live musical performances, vendors selling a variety of items, and the annual BBQ contest.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Miriam Smith makes bubbles during Saturday’s Uniquely Union Festival. The festival, which was held Friday and Saturay on and around the USC Union campus, provided children and adults with two days of fun things to enjoy including the activities in the Kidz Zone, live musical performances, vendors selling a variety of items, and the annual BBQ contest.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_IMG_0014Festival.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Miriam Smith makes bubbles during Saturday’s Uniquely Union Festival. The festival, which was held Friday and Saturay on and around the USC Union campus, provided children and adults with two days of fun things to enjoy including the activities in the Kidz Zone, live musical performances, vendors selling a variety of items, and the annual BBQ contest.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Noah Benjamin Grimes smiles as he enjoys playing in the Kiddie Animal Land inflatable at the Uniquely Union Festival Saturday morning. Kiddie Animal Land was one of a number of fun activities for children in the Kidz Zone at the Uniquely Union Festival which was held Friday and Saturday on and around the USC Union campus.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_IMG_0021Festival.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Noah Benjamin Grimes smiles as he enjoys playing in the Kiddie Animal Land inflatable at the Uniquely Union Festival Saturday morning. Kiddie Animal Land was one of a number of fun activities for children in the Kidz Zone at the Uniquely Union Festival which was held Friday and Saturday on and around the USC Union campus.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Kiddie Animal Land was one of several inflatables enjoyed by children during the Uniquely Union Festival this past weekend. The festival, which was held Friday and Saturday on and around the USC Union campus, featured a Kidz Zone that allow children attending to play on inflatables and enjoy other fun activities.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_IMG_0043Festival.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Kiddie Animal Land was one of several inflatables enjoyed by children during the Uniquely Union Festival this past weekend. The festival, which was held Friday and Saturday on and around the USC Union campus, featured a Kidz Zone that allow children attending to play on inflatables and enjoy other fun activities.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Emily Anderson gets a heart painted on her face by Judy Caston of the Friends of the Library during the Uniquely Union Festival Saturday morning. Face painting was one of a number of fun activities for children in the festival’s Kidz Zone. The two-day festival was held on and around the USC Union campus and provided those in attendance with not only children’s activities but also live music, vendors selling food and other items at the festival, and the opportunity to do some shopping on Main Street in downtown Union.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_IMG_0023Festival.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Emily Anderson gets a heart painted on her face by Judy Caston of the Friends of the Library during the Uniquely Union Festival Saturday morning. Face painting was one of a number of fun activities for children in the festival’s Kidz Zone. The two-day festival was held on and around the USC Union campus and provided those in attendance with not only children’s activities but also live music, vendors selling food and other items at the festival, and the opportunity to do some shopping on Main Street in downtown Union.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Holden Lipford is quite a brave young man to be riding such a ferocious looking shark. The shark ride was one of a number of activities for children offered by the Uniquely Union Festival’s Kidz Zone. Children attending the festival on Friday and Saturday got to enjoy rock climbing, jumping up and down on a 4-Person trampoline, playing in Justice League of America, Frozen, and Kiddie Animal Land inflatables, and in the Hamster balls as well the opportunity to ride on this shark.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_IMG_0024Festival.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Holden Lipford is quite a brave young man to be riding such a ferocious looking shark. The shark ride was one of a number of activities for children offered by the Uniquely Union Festival’s Kidz Zone. Children attending the festival on Friday and Saturday got to enjoy rock climbing, jumping up and down on a 4-Person trampoline, playing in Justice League of America, Frozen, and Kiddie Animal Land inflatables, and in the Hamster balls as well the opportunity to ride on this shark.

Charles Warner | The Union Times DJ Motown Bobby provided a steady stream of music for those visiting the Kidz Zone at the Uniquely Union Festival this past Saturday. Music was a big part of the festival which, in addition to the recorded music provided by DJ Motown Bobby, provided visitors with live music by a variety of bands who performed on the Main Stage in the USC Union Patrons’ Park.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_IMG_0025Festival.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times DJ Motown Bobby provided a steady stream of music for those visiting the Kidz Zone at the Uniquely Union Festival this past Saturday. Music was a big part of the festival which, in addition to the recorded music provided by DJ Motown Bobby, provided visitors with live music by a variety of bands who performed on the Main Stage in the USC Union Patrons’ Park.

Charles Warner | The Union Times There was a lot of fun things to do at the Uniquely Union Festival, but sometimes you gotta take a break and that’s what Carol Willis did Saturday afternoon as she sat down for a few minutes. The Uniquely Union Festival was held Friday and Saturday on and around the grounds of USC Union. The festival provided those attending with a variety of activities including live musical performances, a Kidz Zone, vendors selling food and other items, opportunities to shop on Main Street in downtown Union, and a BBQ festival. Now that’s a lot of fun.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_IMG_0029Festival.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times There was a lot of fun things to do at the Uniquely Union Festival, but sometimes you gotta take a break and that’s what Carol Willis did Saturday afternoon as she sat down for a few minutes. The Uniquely Union Festival was held Friday and Saturday on and around the grounds of USC Union. The festival provided those attending with a variety of activities including live musical performances, a Kidz Zone, vendors selling food and other items, opportunities to shop on Main Street in downtown Union, and a BBQ festival. Now that’s a lot of fun.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Saturday at the Uniquely Union Festival was a lot of fun but it was also a hot day and Rhonda Lee and her granddaughter Anna Grace Lee took a break in the shade. The Uniquely Union Festival was held Friday and Saturday on and around the grounds of USC Union. The festival provided those attending with a variety of activities including live musical performances, a Kidz Zone, vendors selling food and other items, opportunities to shop on Main Street in downtown Union, and a BBQ festival.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_IMG_0041Festival.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Saturday at the Uniquely Union Festival was a lot of fun but it was also a hot day and Rhonda Lee and her granddaughter Anna Grace Lee took a break in the shade. The Uniquely Union Festival was held Friday and Saturday on and around the grounds of USC Union. The festival provided those attending with a variety of activities including live musical performances, a Kidz Zone, vendors selling food and other items, opportunities to shop on Main Street in downtown Union, and a BBQ festival.

Charles Warner | The Union Times This Justice League of America bouncy house one of a number of fun activities that children attending the Uniquely Union Festival were able to enjoy in the festival’s Kidz Zone. The festival was held Friday and Saturday on and around the USC Union campus.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_IMG_0031Festival.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times This Justice League of America bouncy house one of a number of fun activities that children attending the Uniquely Union Festival were able to enjoy in the festival’s Kidz Zone. The festival was held Friday and Saturday on and around the USC Union campus.

Charles Warner | The Union Times These children are having a good time playing in one of the bouncy houses in the Kidz Zone at the Uniquely Union Festival Saturday afternoon. The Kidz Zone had a number of activities for children including inflatables, rock climbing, a trampoline, and Hamster balls. The festival was held Friday and Saturday on and around the USC Union campus.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_IMG_0037Festival.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times These children are having a good time playing in one of the bouncy houses in the Kidz Zone at the Uniquely Union Festival Saturday afternoon. The Kidz Zone had a number of activities for children including inflatables, rock climbing, a trampoline, and Hamster balls. The festival was held Friday and Saturday on and around the USC Union campus.

Charles Warner | The Union Times These two Hamster Balls were among the activities offered children in the Kidz Zone of the Uniquely Union Festival this past weekend. Children climbed inside them and then using their hands and feet made them roll forwards. The festival was held Friday and Saturday on and around the USC Union campus.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_IMG_0028Festival.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times These two Hamster Balls were among the activities offered children in the Kidz Zone of the Uniquely Union Festival this past weekend. Children climbed inside them and then using their hands and feet made them roll forwards. The festival was held Friday and Saturday on and around the USC Union campus.
Success due to combination of attractions

By Charles Warner

cwarner@civitasmedia.com

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.

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