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PICKENS — The 17th annual Blue Ridge Fest will take place May 16 at the cooperative’s headquarters in Pickens. The festival boasts the largest classic car cruise-in event in the Upstate, along with a Beach Night show and dance.

Special entertainment will feature Lloyd Price, The Tams and Jim Quick and Coastline. In 2013, Blue Ridge Fest attracted over 6,000 people and raised more than $183,000 to benefit local non-profit organizations in Greenville, Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties.

Since 1998, Blue Ridge Fest has donated nearly $1.6 million to numerous agencies in the Upstate area that provide individuals with basic necessities such as food, shelter, clothing and health care.

This year’s recipients include Developmental Center for Exceptional Children, Dot’s Kitchen, Helping Hands of Clemson, Meals on Wheels of Anderson, North Greenville Food Crisis Ministry, Oconee Presbyterian Service Fund, Pickens County Meals on Wheels, Ripple of One, Rosa Clark Medical Clinic, Safe Harbor, Samaritan Health Clinic of Pickens County and United Christian Ministries.

“We want you to enjoy Blue Ridge Fest, and we hope that you understand how important your support and attendance is to many people that need help in our local communities,” said Charles Dalton, president and CEO. “Blue Ridge Fest is our employee’s way of giving back, and we are honored to host the event at our headquarters for the eighth consecutive year.”

Blue Ridge Fest is organized and executed by 250 Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative and Blue Ridge Security Solutions employee volunteers, enabling the festival to maximize its proceeds to benefit local charities.

The event will take place from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative’s covered outdoor facility at 734 W. Main St. in Pickens.

Admission is $20 in advance or $25 at the gate. Children ages 7-12 are admitted for $12 in advance or $15 at the gate, while those ages six or younger are admitted for free. Attendees arriving in a classic car (1979 or older) with up to four people are admitted for $30.

For classic cars, line-up begins at noon, and gates open at 2 p.m. Dash plaques are available for the first 400 cars and parking is limited for the first 500 classic cars.

For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit www.blueridge.coop/blueridgefest or call 800-240-3400.

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