FESTIVAL: Marietta-Slater Strawberry Festival

By D. Lanier Shook                  April 28, 2018

This is the old mill in Glen Alpine, now an antiques shop. A beautiful example of what used to be in every town in the South — and the North for that matter.

This is a trick question. What do Glen Alpine, Tuxedo, Pacolet Mills, Gramling, Lynn, and Ware Shoals have in common? They’re all small communities that lost their livelihood and lifeblood with the coming of interstate highways and the decline of American manufacturing — especially textiles. Fortunately this is the time of year when they come alive at local festivals and next week the Strawberry Festival comes to northern Greenville County.

Anyone driving from Greenville to Asheville will take Highway 25, but that means they miss the amazing communities along Highway 276 — the Geer Highway. If you ever take the time to travel on 276 you will realize that not only was this a vibrant, prosperous area, it still is. The perfect time to do this is next week from 10 inthe morning till 4 in the afternoon at the Strawberry Festival.

The Festival itself will occur on the grounds of Slater Hall — originally the home of H.N. Slater, the man who built a mill and the village surrounding that mill. The Strawberry Festival is a great opportunity to learn more about the area, its history, and to enjoy the vendors. You can browse art, pottery, textiles, woodcraft, metalcraft, bath & beauty products, jewelry, and so much more that 22 vendors and 15 food trucks will offer. Oh, and I’m sure there’ll be strawberries, too.

This free event is sponsored by Foothills Family Resources, an organization dedicated to helping residents of Northern Greenville County when they find themselves in crisis. They provide counseling, job skill development, and placement when it is needed most. You can click here to visit their website and learn about their incredible organization.

For more information about this exciting event, you can check out one of the following links.

If you’re a resident these festivals are a great way to get to know your community. If you’re a visitor they’re a wonderful way to experience a new area. If you’re interested in crafts, food, music, or history they’re perhaps the best way to find out what the community has to offer.

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