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The Legislative Delegation presented a check to the Town of Greeleyville during the Flag Day Festival. The funds will support the construction of a multipurpose pavilion. From left, Senator Ronnie Sabb, Greeleyville Town Council Mayor Pro Tem Virginia Moore, Councilman Louis Reid, Mayor Jesse Parker, and Representative Cezar McKnight. Not pictured, Representative Carl Anderson. 

Photo by Michaele Duke

The annual Greeleyville Flag Day Festival is chock full of fun that is kicked off with a parade and followed by games, live music, and a fireworks show. What made it even more special was an announcement by the Legislative Delegation.

The citizens are going to see a pavilion at the main square. The building will serve as a multipurpose venue for events such as birthday parties and a farmer’s market. The total cost of the structure is estimated at $325,000. All but $150,000 has been allocated and that was the impetus of the announcement.

Senator Ronnie Sabb and Representative Cezar McKnight presented a check for $100,000 with the remaining $50,000 appropriated. USDA and Tourism grants and pending grants support the endeavor. “Some years ago the mayor and council had a vision of improving where we now stand,” said Sabb before the presentation. He said in the past they used the back of a truck as a platform, where the one-man-band performed. “The thinking is that we could do a little better, that we could progressively improve that which we offer.”

Greeleyville Mayor Jesse Parker is excited about the opportunities the building will offer. “This will enhance our Flag Day. We can bring over performers like dance schools because now we’ll have a large enough dance stage for them,” said Parker. “And since it will act as a farmer’s market, the people can go to with their garden and farm products and exchange or sell with each other.”