Harborwalk Festival 2012 may be the last


GEORGETOWN, S.C. (WCIV) - For a quarter of a century Peggy Wayne has spearheaded the Harborwalk Festival, one of Georgetown's largest outdoor events. This year the festival will be bittersweet for Wayne, because it could be the event's last year.

"As of this very moment, this is the last one. This is 25 years and that was my goal," said Wayne.

The Harborwalk Festival was birthed 25 years ago out of a one-time event.

"It started in 1988 as a celebration of the opening of our harborwalk downtown," said Wayne. "We had the ribbon cutting and people dressed in old costumes and we just had a fun time and we decided to make it an annual event."

Since then, Harborwalk has been Wayne's baby. She has fought to keep the event alive.

"The biggest difficulty we've ran into this year is the mayor said that they did not want it downtown. And, I said, well I'm not going to have it anywhere else and we'd called it off basically. And, then Mr. Bobby Roberts offered for us to use his property," said Wayne.

The festival used to be held on Front Street every year during the weeks before the Fourth of July. But, this year, Mayor Jack Scoville said the event could no longer be held there. So, it was moved to Carroll Campbell Marina in Maryville.

"The mayor said that the merchants didn't want it downtown, that they lost money the day of Harborwalk. I beg to differ with him, but he is the strong government and there's nothing I can do but just do what he tells me."

This year the event will have about 100 food and craft vendors.

"A lot of people come out, a lot of people buy flowers and plants and we done real well with it," said Ed Jones, owner of EE Express Nursery and one of the vendors for Saturday's event.

To think of Harborwalk having to shut down, Jones says, "I hate it's goin' to happen butI wish it would go on."

Harborwalk Festival will take place tomorrow, Saturday, June 23rd all day.