The City of West Columbia knows that when you throw a party, you have to be ready for any extra challenges the weather might bring. With temperatures dipping into the 40s for Friday night’s Fall Back Fest, the hosts were prepared to keep the guests warm and make the night a success.

As hundreds gathered at State and Meeting Streets for the free festival, they found outdoor heaters in place, local businesses throughout the area with open doors and warm welcomes, and plenty of hot food and drinks for sale, allowing all to forget the chill and focus on fun.

“Things like this are why I love living here,” said Haylee Miller. “I’ve seen so many friends and it just feels like the kinds of parties on the town square you hear about or see on tv shows.”

Local bands Tokyo Joe and Going Commando took the stage (set up on State St.) to entertain the crowd throughout the party. Local artists Alyssa Castelluccio, JJ Burton, Dylan Fouste, Lucas Sams, Alicia Leeke, Christine Lufty Crawford, Alan Pearsall, Abstract Alexandra, Michael Krajewski, Shaina Manuel and Kate Batten showed off their talents with live mural art and other creative displays.

Close by, numerous local craftspeople and other vendors offered their wares in a special night edition of the Meeting Street Artisan Market, located in the Interactive Art Park at 425 Meeting Street. The city hosts even gave away free T-shirts while supplies lasted.

Information on future West Columbia events is available at westcolumbiasc.gov and on the city’s Facebook page.

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