Town of Pine Ridge prepares for 60th anniversary celebration, free to public

Pine Ridge Officer Brown, committee member Hazel Kanipe. Photo provided by Kanipe.

The Town of Pine Ridge will be acknowledging a milestone Saturday, and Midlands residents are invited to be a part of it. The town is celebrating its 60th anniversary, and will be combining history and fun to provide an entertaining day for all present. Festival committee member Hazel Kanipe said Pine Ridge has undergone significant developments since 1958.

“It was established with 400 residents,” she said. “And now we have approximately 2200. We’ve come a long way in 60 years.” According to Kanipe, the town is the home of Congaree Church, established in 1909. It’s also the home to the Cohen-Campbell Fish Hatchery, the South Carolina Emergency Operations Center, Pine Ridge Pharmacy, and an old wall from the National Guard Armory establishment from 1913.

Multiple long-time organizations of Pine Ridge will be represented inside the Town Hall Saturday, to share the historical significance of their years in the town. Kanipe said there will also be a wooden replica model of the original Pine Ridge town hall, which was only a one-room building.

Across the street, Kanipe said there will be carnival rides for children, art vendors, and the Midlands softball team will be selling food from the canteen. The fish hatchery will also have a large fish tank outside with catfish.

One of the main points Kanipe said she wants people to know is that the event wasn’t created for Pine Ridge to make money. “This is a free event, the town’s not profiting from it, that’s the way they wanted to celebrate their 60th anniversary.”

The celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and is open to anyone who would like to take part in the festivities. “We’re open to the public, it’s not just for the residents of Pine Ridge. We’re kind of introducing ourselves to the rest of the world, and our neighbors,” said Kanipe.

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