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Retired Blue Ridge Electric President and CEO Charles Dalton is Honored at 2018 Blue Ridge Fest.
This Year's Charity Fundraiser Raises Record $225,000 for Local Charities, 
Draws Crowd for Upstate's Largest Classic Car Cruise In and Oldies Music.
Music  Provided by The Spinners, Jim Quick and the Coastline, and Magic.

By Karen Brewer

                
Photograph by Karen Brewer, The Christian View magazine

At the 2018 Blue Ridge Fest, Charles Dalton (Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative President and CEO from 1982 until his recent retirement) was presented the Blue Ridge Fest Founder's Award from current President and CEO Jim Lovinggood and South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster. Lovinggood praised Dalton for having started Blue Ridge Fest two decades ago, resulting in $2.5 million given to local charities in the counties Blue Ridge Electric services.
Below, read The Christian View magazine's article on the 2018 Blue Ridge Fest and view 125 photographs, including of the Upstate's largest classic car cruise-in, attendees enjoying the event, and musical groups The Spinners, Jim Quick and the Coastline, and Magic.


Charles Dalton, President and CEO of Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative from 1982 until his recent retirement, was honored with the Blue Ridge Fest Founder's Award at the 21st annual Blue Ridge Fest, held at Blue Ridge Electric's equipment facility in Pickens, South Carolina. The plaque was presented to Dalton by Blue Ridge Electric President and CEO Jim Lovinggood and South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster. "Hereafter, this annual award will be known as the Blue Ridge Fest Charles E. Dalton Founder's Award," said Lovinggood, who noted that Dalton had created Blue Ridge Fest 20 years ago, and more than $2.5 million has been given to local charities in Pickens, Oconee, Anderson, and Greenville Counties, the four counties that Blue Ridge Electric services. Lovinggood said that he was presenting the award on behalf of the employees of Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative for Dalton's vision of an employee-staffed event, and he added, "We really appreciate Charles." 

The 2018 Blue Ridge Fest raised a record $225,000 (through sponsors and ticket sales) for the following 12 charities (in alphabetical order): A Call to Action, Anderson Free Clinic, Center for Developmental Services, Collins Children's Home, The Dream Center of Pickens County, Fair Play Camp School, Feed a Hungry Child, Hospice of the Upstate, The Lachlan McIntosh Tannery Foundation, Miracle Hill Children's Home, North Greenville Crisis Ministry, and Samaritan Health Clinic of Pickens County. 

The Upstate's largest classic car cruise-in (with hundreds of classic cars); beach and oldies music by The Spinners, Jim Quick and the Coastline, and Magic; food and non-alcoholic beverages; and a chance to win $10,000 or $5,000 or $2,000 drew a crowd of thousands to the event. Blue Ridge Fest is operated completely by Blue Ridge Electric employees, who set up for the event, sell concessions, direct traffic, clean up, and everything else that is necessary. 


 
 

Slideshow photographs below of Dalton, Lovinggood, and McMaster by Karen Brewer, The Christian View magazine


        
Slideshow photographs below by Karen Brewer, The Christian View magazine


Slideshow photographs below by Karen Brewer, The Christian View magazine

Slideshow photographs below by Karen Brewer, The Christian View magazine

Slideshow photographs below of The Spinners by Karen Brewer, The Christian View magazine

Slideshow photographs below of Jim Quick and the Coastline by Karen Brewer, The Christian View magazine

Slideshow photographs below of Magic by Karen Brewer, The Christian View magazine