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Cayce's Soiree on State a success again in 2018

Cayce, SC (Jimmy Poluszek) - State Street was full of activity on Saturday when the 2nd Annual “Soiree on State” took place. Aimed at showcasing local artistic and musical talent, the festival ran from 12 noon to 8 p.m. and featured a multitude of art and food vendors as well as a live band and D.J. The road was closed from Michaelmas (M) Avenue down to Railroad Street, and independent artists and companies set up tents to make their creations and services available for everyone to enjoy. Originally proposed by Mayor Elise Partin several years ago, the first Soiree on State festival was held last year in June and was so successful that it warranted a return again this year.

The purpose of the event was to showcase the older part of downtown Cayce where the town hall was formerly located. After it was moved closer to the Public Safety Complex, the Cayce Event Planning Committee was concerned that residents of the county would overlook the older part of the town which is still ripe with commerce and historically significant. With that in mind, everyone working with the town of Cayce came out to help put together the event. “It’s all hands-on deck,” said Interim City Manager Rachel Moody, who oversaw the event. “Every department plays a role in this event.”

“Everybody came out; everybody had a great time,” said Deputy Chief Jim Crosland of the Department of Public Safety when asked about the festival that was held last year. “It’s a lot bigger this year; we were expecting more people this time around.” There was no shortage of officers standing by at the festival in the event of rowdy patrons, although everyone was well behaved, and the event came off without a hitch.

There was also no shortage of people coming out to see the event. With last year’s attendance totaling around 3,000 guests, according to the Cayce Event Planning Committee, even more showed up to this year’s function. They hope to hold another Soiree on State sometime next year too.

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