The Upstate SC

VOL11ISS1 2015

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — UPSTATE SC | VOLUME 11 — ISSUE 1 32 Small city charm and big city access are a winning combination for Gaffney. A city with a population of 12,456, Gaffney is located just off Interstate 85 midway between Greenville, SC and Charlotte, NC. Proximity to large cities and its position as the northern end-point of State Route 11—the Cherokee Foothills National Scenic Highway—make Gaffney a favorite stopping place for travelers. Near the juncture of scenic Rt. 11 and I-85 stands the city's most bodacious landmark. Confronted with a need for a water tower to provide better fire protection and water pressure for parts of the community, in 1975 the Gaffney Board of Public Works made a decision to hoist one million gallons of water 135 feet into the air and store it in a tank shaped like a giant peach. The resulting Gaffney Peachoid is an icon that pays homage to one of Gaffney's most important agricultural products. Since 1977, Gaffney has hosted the annual South Carolina Peach Festival, which brings thousands of visitors to the city each July. The colossal peach gained international recognition after appearing in an episode of Netflix's House of Cards. The Peachoid is now being repainted, and the spectacular project was featured in the February 15 issue of the Wall Street Journal. Anyone who knows Gaffney knows that when it comes to sports, this small city is a major player. Early in its history the community was legendary GAFFNEY Gaffney—Scores Big As a Hometown and a Travel Destination BY THE GAFFNEY VISITORS CENTER for its champion horses and the race track known as "Gaffney's Racing Ground." Today, residents and visitors enjoy a broad range of sports activities. Auto races thrill spectators at the Cherokee Speedway. Foot races, such as the Run for the Clovers 5K in March, are popular events. The Cherokee Recreation District offers an outstanding sports complex and various programs for young athletes. For its winning Gaffney High School and Limestone College sports teams, Gaffney has been tagged the "City of Champions." Gaffney will celebrate its illustrious sports history by hosting a Smithsonian traveling exhibition titled Hometown Team: How Sports Shaped America from April 18th through May 31st. The exhibition will be displayed in the Gaffney Visitors Center and Art Gallery. The city is teaming up with many other community organizations, including Limestone College, the Cherokee County School District, the Recreation District, and the Cherokee County History & Arts Museum to provide auxiliary exhibits. These partnerships will result in six weeks of free activities and events that highlight sports in Cherokee County and the state of South Carolina. In Gaffney, sports fever is matched by patriotic fervor. In June, the City celebrates Flag Day with a free outdoor concert by the 282nd Army Band from Fort Jackson and a retirement service for worn and tattered American flags. The Cherokee County Veterans Park, the Cherokee County Veterans Museum and the annual Veterans' Day Parade honor military personnel. Three national parks—Cowpens National Battlefield, Kings Mountain National Military Park and the final stretch of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail— are located in Cherokee County. Each of these parks commemorates the valor of Patriot forces who won critical victories during the Revolutionary War. On July 4th, the Cowpens National Battlefield is a great place to be for a Celebration of Freedom that includes music, living history events, children's activities, and weapons firing demonstrations. Revolutionary War Weekend, October 2-7, celebrates America's heritage with six days of living history events, exhibits and programs planned in conjunction with the National Park Service and the Overmountain Victory Trail Association. Diverse shopping arenas are available for those whose favorite sport is bargain hunting. At the Gaffney Station Farmers Market locally grown produce and handmade craft items are available. Gaffney stores >>

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