Festival of Stars back in full with rides, vendors, live music

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After a year of dialing things back, the South Carolina Festival of Stars is back to its roots — live music, thrilling rides and the iconic fireworks display.

“I’m so glad that the excitement is back, the patriotism is in full swing and everyone we’ve asked is supporting this event,” said Ninety Six Tourism Director Margie Blalock. “We’re going to paint this town red, white and blue.”

The town’s annual festival was reeled back to only a fireworks display last year, during the summer spike in COVID-19 cases. This year, Blalock said the town parade is back, along with live concerts, carnival rides, food and craft vendors and a car show.

The carnival attractions, provided by Anderson-based Midway Rides Unlimited, will be available daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. starting June 23, and will run from noon to midnight June 26.

The June 26 main festival day kicks off at 10 a.m., with vendors opening in the town park and a car cruise-in along Main Street, put together by Fortner Motor Co. and the Greenwood Rock N Roll Cruisers. At 11 a.m., the patriot parade is free to enter for anyone willing to decorate any vehicle or walk in the parade wearing red, white and blue.