Blue Ridge Electric will host their annual fundraising festival, Blue Ridge Fest, on Friday, May 3, 2019, at the cooperative’s headquarters in downtown Pickens. The largest classic car cruise-in and Beach Night show and dance event in the Upstate, Blue Ridge Fest attracts nearly 6,000 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 $2.7 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 2019 include: A Child’s Haven, Anderson Free Clinic, Anderson Interfaith Ministries, Cancer Association of Pickens County, The Dream Center of Pickens County, Feed a Hungry Child, Fostering Faithfully, Golden Corner Food Pantry, Grace’s Closet, The Lachlan McIntosh Tannery Foundation, North Greenville Crisis Ministry and Pickens Meals on Wheels.
“We encourage folks who enjoy family friendly events and have a fascination with classic cars from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s to attend Blue Ridge Fest. The number of well-preserved and restored classic cars in addition to bands playing hits from this era will feel like a walk back in time,” said Jim Lovinggood, President and CEO of Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative. “With your help, we look forward to raising money for nonprofit organizations in our service areas that provide basic human necessities to individuals in need.”
Featured entertainment for the 2019 festival includes The Oak Ridge Boys, The Tams, Jim Quick and Coastline, and Magic.
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. Admission for adults is $25. Children ages 7-12 are admitted for $15, while those ages six or younger can attend the event for free. Attendees arriving in a classic car (1989 or older) with up to four people are admitted for $30. For classic cars, line-up begins at 2:00 p.m., and gates open at 3:00 p.m.
For more information about the event and charities or to purchase tickets online, visit blueridgefest.com or call (800) 240 -3400.