Chapin celebrates its 39th annual Labor Day Parade and festival

Vendors lined both sides of Clark Street. Karamie Sullivan photos.

Thousands of families staked out their spot early Monday morning to see the town of Chapin’s biggest annual event: The Labor Day parade.

With 95 floats in the lineup this year, the crowds were out to see everything from a live mariachi band, to gymnasts flipping on a balancing beam while on the back of a truck. The morning parade is the highlighted event of the town’s weekend-long festivities that began Friday evening, and ended mid-afternoon Monday.

Parade participants lined up in the General Information Services (GIS) parking lot, and traveled down Chapin Road (Hwy 76), ending about a mile down at Bilo. Streets were blocked off for the parade at 9 a.m. and reopened around 11. Beaufort and Clark Streets, located in the heart of Chapin, remained closed for dozens of art and food vendors to entertain the festival crowd after the parade was over.

Many “Chapinites” attend the parade religiously. Others, like Chapin newcomer Olivia Jolly, joined the event for the first time this year. Jolly moved to the area over the summer from Rock Hill. She said she was glad to see all the sights of the annual festival.

“I loved the parade, and the vendors on Beaufort Street,” she said. “I had a really great time getting to know about all the local businesses and art that Chapin has to offer.” Jolly added that the experience gave her a better feel for the new town she now calls home. “It gave me the feeling that Chapin is a small town with a great sense of community.”

In addition to the vendors, there was a car show displayed at the end of Beaufort Street, a book sale at the Chapin Library, and live music by Noel Lindler and the Bank Walkers.

Cola Daily was represented on the judges panel at the parade. A city of Chapin employee informed judges that the parade winners would not be announced until much later in the day. To check on the status of the announcement, search “Chapin Labor Day Festival Weekend” on Facebook.

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