Update 10/8 at 1 p.m. — All stages will start at 2 p.m. due to the ongoing downtown power outages
GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) — It takes a lot to get everything ready for the three-day Fall for Greenville festival.
There are 140 tents set up all across downtown and 2,000 volunteers who make it all happen.
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45Restaurants and food trucks
250Food items for tasting
Tents and stages were assembled throughout downtown Greenville for the big weekend.
“Main Street all the way down to Augusta is prime festival activity,” city spokesperson Beth Brotherton said.
Those with the city say the work going into the event is special, since it was cancelled last year due to the pandemic.
“The restaurants have missed it, the retailers have missed it, the hotels have missed it, citizens have missed it,” Brotherton said.
Over the weekend, the city said it expects 150,000 plus attendees.
“They’re bringing their wallets to buy tickets, and if they’re walking pass a store window, and they see something cute that they want to buy, this is just excellent exposure,” Brotherton said. “This is an opportunity to rediscover Greenville, and get exposure to those businesses that may have struggled over the last couple of years.”
And those planning to attend are excited, too.
“There’s an anticipation isn’t there? Yeah, anticipating the fun,” Lisa Howes, who lives downtown, said.
This year the Budweiser Clydesdale horses have come for the festival.
“Definitely the food, the music, the people watching, the Clydesdales. I can’t wait to see the horses,” said Kathy Roberts, attendee.
“There’s so many requests and demands to go and we can’t make them all,” said handler Grant Johnson.
So how do you get to all the great things happening at Fall for Greenville?
“We’ve got 12 city parking garages with about 7,500 spots,” Brotherton said.
Parking at city garages is a flat fee of $5, starting Friday.
The city is also offering free trolley rides to people who park at County Square. The trolley will drop off on South Main Street, near the festival entrance. For those who would like to bike into downtown, a Bike Valet, will be available on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Bike Valet will be located on the Swamp Rabbit Trail under the Main Street Bridge.
Festival taste tickets are redeemable for food, beverages, kid activities, and festival merchandise. Taste Tickets are available at multiple locations throughout the festival and are $5 for a sheet of ten tickets.
And whether you’re a vendor or an attendee, pretty much everyone is ready to Fall for Greenville.
“We’ve been out on the road since April, every city we go to, the town they just love us,” Johnson said.
“Finally getting back to some activities and the music is so much fun and the food and just wandering around,” said Howes.