Family Trust is doing Come-See-Me in a big way – from sponsoring the 5K and the Skydiving Exhibition, to Brite and Apollo appearances at a variety of events. But the greatest contribution is from Erika Bell, a Family Trust member and chairman of our Supervisory Committee, who is serving as this year’s Come-See-Me chair.
“It’s a great way to serve the community,” said Erika, who got involved with Come-See-Me in 1996 when she worked at the YMCA. Now an accountant at Whisonant Electrical Services, she’s excited to lead during the festival’s 50th year and enjoys the mix of new events and traditional favorites.
But she doesn’t do it alone, she said, crediting the hundreds of volunteers it takes.
Family Trust sponsored the 5K Road Race and Fun Run, and 10 employees participated, all wearing orange T-shirts. We also had employees walking at the Waggin’ Trail Dog Walk at Tech Park.
Runner Celeste Timmons, assistant information systems manager, was happy when she crossed the finish line for the 5K. “I started to cry because running a 5K is something that I never saw myself ever doing,” she said. “I really was determined and I shocked myself.”
The fun continues throughout the week and Erika suggests entertainment at Glencairn Garden from noon to 1:30 p.m. through Thursday. “Glencairn is the birthplace of the festival,” she said.
She also suggests Broadway Night at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Sullivan Middle School, Moonlight Jazz and Blues from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday at Winthrop Lake, and Everything Trucks at First Baptist Church from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the Healthy Kid Zone from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Giordana Velodrome, both on Saturday.
And of course, a favorite is the Tailgate Party and Fireworks Extravaganza at the finale Saturday, also at Winthrop Lake. There you’ll see the Skydiving Exhibition, also sponsored by Family Trust at 6:45 p.m. After the skydivers land, you can meet the team, learn about skydiving and help pack their parachutes.
A Rock Hill native, Erika will attend every event possible and said she loves being involved. “It’s a great way to showcase Rock Hill,” she said. “It’s fun.”