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Town of Chapin official says Labor Day Festival may be cancelled but opportunities to do good &

Chapin, SC (Paul Kirby) – In a statement released to the press Friday, the Town of Chapin’s Communications Director Nicholle Burroughs said again how difficult it was for officials to make the decision to cancel the small town’s Labor Day Festival and Parade. “We understand that this is disappointing but hope that the community will understand that we have not come to this decision lightly,” Burrough’s said in her statement.

The festival had been held for four decades and not only marked the official end of summer as the last such event of that season before the fall festivals started, but it also brought 1,000s of revelers to the small northern Lexington County town for a day of fun and excitement. People first enjoyed the huge parade in the morning and then filed into the festivals area where the browsed, shopped, admired art, and ate some of the best food Chapin had to offer.

Burroughs said that although the entire community was very disappointed they couldn’t hold the Labor Day Festival and Parade because of the pandemic, the bright side of the situation was the fact that everyone could still have fun and do some good at the same time by joining with others to support or enter the communities popular Justin Pepper 5K. That event is being reconfigured to meet the guidelines of the current pandemic situation.

“We do have a unique opportunity for you to show your support to the Justin Pepper Foundation and to the community by featuring your company and logo on signage throughout town,” Burroughs said regarding this race. “This is a great way to get your company’s name out in front of a huge crowd, show how much you care about the community and one of its best of many causes, and do some good all at the same time,” she concluded.

Burroughs said that the signs on the race route are priced based on size. The larger the size of the sign, the more it is noticed.

This year’s signs cost are:

  1. 18 x 27 $50 Each or three for $125 (displayed in various places)

  2. 24 x 36 $75 Each or three for $185

  3. Barrel Signs at the road closure on Columbia Avenue - $100 for three signs. (These are visible to runners going to Brighton, runners returning to PB&J, and to traffic passing the race on Columbia Avenue.)

If you are interested in helping by purchasing sign sponsorships, please contact Kari at info@justinpepper5k.org .

Burroughs closed by saying, “How great would it be to see the race route plastered with our small businesses!” She also concluded her statement by taking an opportunity to thank each sponsor and participant for the numerous ways they show support for the Chapin community.

To learn more about the good works of the Justin Pepper Foundations, go to their website www.justinpepper.com.

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