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2017 Ag + Art Tour of York County

 

 

YORK COUNTY, SC – The South Carolina Ag + Art Tour is the nation’s largest free, self- guided tour of farms featuring local artisans and farmer’s markets. Set to take place at local farms and farm stands in 11 counties across South Carolina – Chester, Chesterfield, Darlington, Fairfield, Florence, Horry, Kershaw, Lancaster, Newberry, Union and York Counties, visitors have the chance to see first-hand where their food comes from, watch artists in action, purchase homemade and homegrown goods, and learn more about rural life. Different counties are participating each weekend, giving visitors the opportunity to explore more farms and farm stands across the state.

 

The first Ag + Art Tour started in 2012 in York County to bring together agriculture and art. York County hosted close to 3,000 visitors during the inaugural year. The Tour expanded to include Lancaster County in 2013 with 6,000 total visitors, and added its third and fourth counties to include Chester and Fairfield in 2014 with a total of 8,000 attendees for the entire tour. In 2015, the Tour welcomed its fifth county – Union. Chesterfield, Darlington, and Horry Counties joined the Tour in 2016, and in 2017, the Tour added Florence and Newberry Counties, bringing the total number of participating counties to eleven. Overall, the Tour has seen over 20,000 visitors since launching in 2012. | www.agandarttour.com

 

The Ag + Art Tour of York County is set to take place June 10 – 11, 2017. Visitors will be able to stop by farms and farm stands on Saturday from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, and on Sunday from 1:00 - 5:00 PM.

 

Ag + Art Tour of York County Kickoff Event

Each county participating in the South Carolina Ag + Art Tour will host kickoff events leading up to the Tour. The Ag + Art Tour of York County kicks off with a Farm to Fork Dinner, presented by the York County Farm Bureau, on Thursday, June 1 at Black’s Peaches, 1800 Black Highway, York, SC, from 6:30 - 8:30 PM. Chef Gregory Collier, chef and proprietor of the popular breakfast spot, The Yolk, in Rock Hill, will be preparing a delicious family-style dinner using the freshest ingredients sourced from local farms, including Tega Hills Farm, located in York County, South Carolina. Many participating artists and farmers will be in attendance, and music will be performed by local musicians. Tickets must be purchased in advance - $40 per person. Seating is limited to 75. Tickets may be purchased online at: yorkcountyarts.org.

 

Ag + Art Tour of York County | agandarttour.com/york

Take a trip along York County’s country roads during the 2017 Ag + Art Tour. The Tour originated in York County in 2012, and has grown annually. This year, the Ag + Art Tour of York County includes 20 farms and farm stands and 40+ artisans including bakers, painters, potters, quilters, coffee roasters, knitters, musicians, fabric artists, storytellers, and more.

 

Farms and Farm Stands 

Anne Springs Close Greenway, 250 Dairy Barn Lane, Fort Mill, SC 29715

Artisans | Cindy Bennitt – knitting and fiber artist

 | Frippery Finds – handmade jewelry
 | Old South Creations – metalworking

 

Baker Farm, 2494 Greenwood Road, Rock Hill, SC 29730

Artisan | Rockin’ Rags - quilter

 

Black’s Peaches, 1800 Black Highway, York, SC 29745

Artisans | Bearded Lady Designs – handmade jewelry

 | PJ Brunson – folk music – Saturday, 12 - 2 PM

 | Fine A.Rtz – painter

 

*Bush-n-Vine, 1650 Filbert Highway, York, SC 29745

*only open Saturday, June 10, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Artisans | Sally’s Handwovens – weaver

 | Shabby Chicks – unique handmade gifts

 

Curtin Farms, 407 N. Paraham Road, Clover, SC 29710
Artisans | Allie Cat Accessories – jewelry

 | The Barefoot Weaver – weaver
 | Blue Goose Studios, LLC – handmade jewelry, dolls, journals, and glasswork
 | Daum’s Wine Barrel Furniture – woodworking
 | Fryeday Coffee Roasters – fresh roasted coffee beans and coffee syrup
 | Bob Haltom – baked goods and food
 | Turtlespiritcrafters LLC – woodworking (fairy houses)

 | Vanessa’s Divine Creations – Homemade jams, jellies, preserves, and butters

 

Downtown York Farmers Market, 55 North Congress Street, York, SC 29745

 

*Ferebee Farm, 455 Neely Store Road, Rock Hill, SC 29730

*only open Saturday, June 10, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Artisan | Timothy Ferebee - leatherworks

 

Historic Brattonsville, 1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells, SC 29726

Artisans | Olive’s – ceramic sculptures

 | Quilts by Babs – quilter

 

J & J Family Farm, 1077 Wayfield Road, Clover, SC 29710

Artisan | Piedmont Music Therapy, LLC – interactive musician

 

Ketchen Place Farm, 3218 Cedarvale Road, Rock Hill, SC 29732

Artisan | M.C. Churchilll-Nash - painter

 

Myersart and Farm, 1281 Legion Road, Hickory Grove, SC 29732

Artisans | Celtic Breeze Oils & More – essential oils, handmade soaps and lotions

 

The Peach Tree Orchard, 2077 Filbert Highway, York, SC 29745

Artisans | Barro Decor – potter

  | Once Upon a Tub – handmade soaps, lotions, and candles

 

Penny Family Farm, 4655 Cureton Ferry Road, Catawba, SC 29704

Artisan | Little Monkey Naturals – handmade soaps, lotions, and candles

 

Rock Hill Educational Community Garden, 954 Constitution Boulevard, Rock Hill, SC 29730

Artisans | Mahoganymary Jewelry – handmade jewelry

 | Raw Essence Natural Soaps & Bath Company, LLC– handmade soap, lotions, and candles

 

Rock Ridge Farm, 542 Ridge Road, Clover, SC 29710

Artisans | Wendy Creel – handcrafted herbal medicinals, salves, lotions, and oils

 | Jennifer Floyd – weaving and spinning

 | Jason Floyd – wood carving

 | Hardin Hill BBQ

 | Cynthia Robinson – beekeeper

 | *Janice Stokes – quilter

 | *Mark Willingham – Dulcimer making

 | *Steve and Melody York – handcrafted jewelry

*Saturday only

 

Roger Ridge Ranch | 4700 Canaan Church Road, Rock Hill, SC 29732

Artisans | Knit Witts – knitting and crocheting

 

Sanders Peaches, Highway 321, Filbert, York, SC 29745

Artisan | Dori Sanders – author, storyteller

 

Sharon Hill Farm | 1393 Hwy 97, York, SC 29742

Artisans | …of the Earth Pottery – potter (ceramics)

 

Tega Hills Farm | 1780 Zoar Road, Fort Mill, SC 29708

Artisan | Jibber Jabber Designs – sewing and knitting

 

Windy Hill Orchard, 1860 Black Highway, York, SC 29745

Artisans | Full Grain Leather and Wood – leatherworking

  | *Sally’s Handwovens – Weaver

*Sunday Only

 | Stacey M. Walden – painter

 

Ancillary Sites 

Cat’s Paw Winery, 1567 Fayrene Road, Rock Hill, SC 29732

Saturday, June 10 | 12 PM – 5 PM

Downtown Artistry, 201 East Main Street, Rock Hill, SC 29730

Saturday, June 10 | 10 AM – 5 PM; Sunday, June 11 | 1 – 5 PM

Museum of Western York County, 1716 Woodlawn St., Sharon, SC 29742

Saturday, June 10 | 10 AM – 5 PM; Sunday, June 11 | 1 – 5 PM

PuckerButt Pepper Company, 235 Main Street, Fort Mill, SC 29715

Saturday, June 10 | 10 AM – 5 PM; Sunday, June 11 | 1 – 5 PM

Rock Hill Pottery Center, 201 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC 29730

Saturday, June 10 | 10 AM – 5 PM; Sunday, June 11 | 1 – 5 PM

 

Be sure to pack an empty cooler to fill with fresh, locally grown produce! Artists will be creating and selling their work, and musicians will be performing at various stops. Many farms will host family-friendly activities including hayrides, farm tours, and opportunities to check out barnyard animals. 

 

YORK COUNTY HERITAGE QUILT TRAIL

Two new barn quilt blocks have been created for the 2017 Tour – one featuring the Eight Point Star pattern, and the other bearing the Double Aster pattern! The 4’ x 4’ quilt patterns were designed and built by members of the Oconee Conservatory of Fine Arts in Walhalla, South Carolina. With the addition of these new blocks, there are now 11 barn quilt blocks on display at farms that participate in the Ag + Art Tour of York County. The York County Heritage Quilt Trail is a part of the South Carolina Quilt Trails. The new blocks were provided by the Arts Council of York County, funded by a grant from York Electric Co-Op. More information may be found at http://www.yorkcountyarts.org/ag--art.

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

The 2017 Ag + Art Tour of York County needs your help! Volunteers are needed to work the information/welcome tables at participating farms. Each shift is 4 hours long – from 9 AM – 1 PM on Saturday, and from 1 PM – 5 PM on both Saturday and Sunday. Those interested in volunteering may contact Sonja Burris at the Rock Hill/York County Convention and Visitor Bureau at sburris@visityorkcounty.com

 

The South Carolina Ag + Art Tour is coordinated by Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service and the Olde English District Tourism Commission. Partner organizations include economic development, commerce, Rock Hill/York County Convention and Visitors Bureau, farm and artisan organizations, education and extension office, the Arts Council of York County and community volunteers. The Ag + Art Tour of York County is sponsored by AgSouth Farm Credit, ACA, York County Electric Co-op, and the York County Farm Bureau. Support for this project is provided by the York County Hospitality & Accommodations Tax, and by the Arts Council of York County’s Small Grants Program, the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC, and the SC Arts Commission, which received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. For visitor information, including lodging, contact the York County Visitor Center at 888-702-1320.

 

For more information on the Ag + Art Tour of York County, contact Sonja Burris at 803-329-5200. For more information on the South Carolina Ag + Art Tour, contact Ben Boyles at 803-981-3021 or visit www.AgandArtTour.com for details.

 

 

 

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