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Blue Ridge Electric Plans Charity Festival

Apr 19, 2018 03:32PM ● Published by Kathleen Maris

Photo: Blue Ridge Fest, 2017.

Blue Ridge Electric will host their annual fundraising festival, Blue Ridge Fest, on Friday, May 4, 2018, at the cooperative’s headquarters in downtown Pickens. Blue Ridge Fest attracts nearly 5,000 attendees and more than 500 classic cars from across the Southeast annually to benefit local charities in the cooperative’s four-county service area. Since its inception, the event has raised more than $2.5 million for human-help agencies in Anderson, Greenville, Oconee, and Pickens counties.

Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative’s 160 employees manage the event and dedicate time and resources to ensure the event maximizes proceeds to local charities. They also select the beneficiaries from more than a hundred submissions annually.

The charities receiving funds in 2018 include: A Call to Action, Anderson Free Clinic, Center for Developmental Services, Collins Children’s Home, The Dream Center of Pickens County, Fair Play Camp School, Feed a Hungry Child, Hospice of the Upstate, The Lachlan McIntosh Tannery Foundation, Miracle Hill Children’s Home, North Greenville Crisis Ministry, and Samaritan Health Clinic of Pickens County.

“Blue Ridge Fest is the ultimate retro experience with highly recognized entertainment from the 60s and 70s and hundreds of well-preserved classic cars lined up for viewing,” said Jim Lovinggood, president and CEO of Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative. “Our goal is to provide a wonderful experience for our attendees and raise funds for Upstate nonprofit organizations that provide essential human services to individuals in our communities.”

The event will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative’s equipment facility at 734 W. Main St. in Pickens.

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