Saluda to plan several new festivals

Published 10:11 pm Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Some new festivals and a familiar one that stopped many years ago could be in the City of Saluda’s future.

Saluda City Council met May 11 and heard ideas for festivals from the Coon Dog Day Committee’s Tangie Morgan.

Morgan said she and Terry Baisden have discussed ideas to put a positive spin on Saluda and asked commissioners to approve of their moving forward.

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Morgan said she had a little girl come in the shop one day who was handicapped and she could not get into two bathrooms downtown. Morgan said she got to thinking there needs to be a bathroom on one level and thought funding for that bathroom could come from events with any leftover funding going towards future festivals.

Ideas for new festivals include an antique and vintage show, a cruising and car show, a harvest festival with a tractor display, a petting zoo and a pumpkin carving contest for children and bringing back a railroad day.

Morgan said Saluda once had a railroad day that was held two years in a row then it stopped.

“We have so much history in this town and if we don’t use it we’re going to lose it,” Morgan said.

She suggested the city call the railroad festival Saluda Railroad Day or Saluda History Day, and include a hobo stew contest and possibly contact Norfolk Southern, the owner of the railroad, to see if they would bring some kind of railroad car.

“We need to take advantage of the assets we have here in town,” said Morgan.

Morgan also mentioned Saluda having a Christmas bazaar and in the spring, a home and garden show.

Commissioners approved moving forward with the events.

Saluda’s largest festival, Coon Dog Day, is coming up soon with planning underway. This year’s Coon Dog Day will be held downtown on Saturday, July 11.