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Central Railroad Festival

Central Railroad Festival
(Central Railway Model and Historical Association)

The town of Central, South Carolina celebrates its historic ties to the railroad the fourth Saturday of April each year. 

Click here to view The Christian View magazine's photos from the 2018 Central Railroad Festival, including the non-profit organizations' booths (Pickens County Historical Association, Lions Club, Clemson Sertoma, Pickens County YMCA Mentor, Safe Kids Upstate), miniature train rides, tours of the red caboose, Cannon Memorial Baptist Church and inflatable bounce houses from the Piedmont Baptist Association, music by the Sweet Potato Pie Kids, and more. 

Click here to read The Christian View magazine's article and to view slideshows of nearly 100 photos of the 2017 Central Railroad Festival by The Christian View magazine
. Also, tour the Central Railway Museum.

             Central Railway Model and Historical Association's 
                                          Model Train Expo

Click here to read The Christian View magazine's article and to view The Christian View magazine's nearly 50 photographs from the 2018 Central Railway Model and Historical Association's Model Train Expo, held at Rock Springs Baptist Church's Impact Center in Easley.

Easley's Spring Fling Festival

State Rep. Davey Hiott, County Council Chair Roy Costner 
at the Celebrate Liberty Spring Festival

Troop 51 Boy Scouts at the Pickens Azalea Festival

                                 Easley's Spring Fling Festival

At left, Raggedy Ann and Andy (Sarah Watson and Evan Baldwin of Foothills Playhouse) are pictured at Easley's Spring Fling festival in Old Market Square.
Click here to view more of The Christian View magazine's photos from Easley's Spring Fling, including of the Easley American Legion, Easley Lions Club, Foothills Civitan Club, Cub Scouts Pack 130, Easley Downtown Business Association, and more. 

                   Liberty's Celebrate Liberty Spring Festival

State Rep. Davey Hiott and Pickens County Council Chair Roy Costner were good sports volunteering for the dunking booth at the 2018 Celebrate Liberty Spring Festival. The Christian View magazine's photos from the event include the opening ceremony (with Governor Henry McMaster and the raising of the American Flag by the Boy Scouts and opening prayer by Liberty First Baptist Church Pastor Rev. Mark Kannarney), non-profit organizations' booths (including the Liberty American Legion, The Gideons, Flat Rock Baptist Church, and American Heritage Girls), classic cars, games, balloon animals, music, the dunking booth, and inflatable bounce houses. Click here

                                    Pickens Azalea Festival

The Pickens Azalea Festival, arriving each year the third weekend of April, at the time that azaleas are in bloom, offers a classic car cruise-in, music, rides, arts and crafts vendors, civic and non-profit organizations, the selection of an azalea art contest winner, and much more. The Christian View magazine's Publisher first began reporting on the Pickens Azalea Festival in April, 2000, and each year thereafter, as the then Editor of The Pickens Sentinel, writing articles before the event, to promote the Festival, and then taking photographs during the Festival. The Publisher continues coverage of the Festival here in The Christian View.

Click here to view The Christian View magazine's 195 photos from the 2018 Pickens Azalea Festival, including Friday evening's classic car cruise-in on Main Street and music by the Sweet Potato Pie Kids at the Pickens Amphitheater and Saturday morning's opening ceremony at the Pickens County Courthouse, as well as booths of civic and other non-profit organizations, carnival rides, and more in downtown Pickens. Opening ceremony photos include Master of Ceremonies Pickens Mayor David Owens, opening prayer by Pickens City Council member Carlton Holley, raising of the American Flag and leading in the Pledge of Allegiance by the Boy Scouts of Troop 51, the national anthem sung by Billy Gibson, announcements by Roy Costner IV of the Azalea Festival Committee, and presentation of the Pickens High School Azalea Festival art winner, Hayley Brown. Booths include the Pickens County Historical Society, the American Legion Pickens Post 11, the Knights of Columbus, the Boy Scouts of Troop 51, American Heritage Girls, Pickens High School, the Pickens Senior Center, The Gideons Pickens Camp, Pickens Firefighters, MARY'S House, SC Citizens for Life, The Pickens Lions Club, the Pickens Rotary, Family Promise, Pickens County Shelter of Hope, Community Emergency Response Team, The Holly Springs Center, Pickens County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs, Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative, Faith Lutheran Chapel of Pickens, Faith Independent Baptist Church of Cleveland, Pickens Church of God, Freedom Biker Church, FFA, 4-H, Café Connections, and Carolina One Volleyball.

Click here to read The Christian View magazine's article on the 2017 Pickens Azalea Festival and to view The Christian View magazine's more than 200 photographs, including of the opening ceremonies, civic and non-profit organizations, classic car cruise-in, carnival rides, music (including by the Grace United Methodist Church Bell Choir), and more.

Six Mile's Issaqueena Festival

Six Mile's Issaqueena Festival

Main Street in downtown Six Mile is the location for the Issaqueena Festival. The Christian View magazine's photos of the 2018 Issaqueena Festival include music by The Sweet Potato Pie Kids and Rob Seel, classic cars, games, inflatable bounce houses, and churches and non-profit organizations' booths, including Central Independent Baptist Church, Kings Grove Baptist Church, Mile Creek Baptist Church, Ridgeland Drive Baptist Church, Habitat for Humanity, The Kiwanis Club, and the Festival Committee. Pictured at left are Anne Sheriff of the Pickens County Historical Society and Six Mile Mayor Roy Stoddard with the Pickens County Sesquicentennial cake made by Historical Society member Brenda Meyer. Pickens County is celebrating its 150th birthday in 2018.  Click here to view all photos.

ARCHIVED: Click here to view photos of the 2017 Issaqueena Festival by The Christian View magazine.