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Scarecrow Decorating Contest Underway

The Town of Williamston and the Envision Williamston Main Program invite all area residents and businesses to participate in the Fall Scarecrow Decorating Contest which is now underway. Scarecrows will be on display throughout the town during October through November 3 and awards will be given for a number of categories.
Display setup time period will be now through October 6. Online judging will be held October 9-27.
Entry Forms may be picked up at Town Hall or printed from the Envision Williamston website and social media page.
The official display period is through November 3. Registration deadline is Oct 6, to be eligible for judging. Awards will be given for all categories and there will be a “People’s Choice Award” for the overall best. Displays may be set up following registration and design approval. There is no entry fee. Displays may be placed throughout the town. Some public locations will be available on a first come first served basis.
The contest is open to all ages, however each project entry must be supervised by at least one adult, 21 years of age or older. A panel of judges with expertise in planning, decorating, and/or design will judge the displays.

Click here for application

Fall / Scarecrow Decorating Contest

Fall Is In The Air. Time To Decorate The Town With Scarecrows and Fall Decor. Applications are Available AT Town Hall and on Envision Williamston’s Facebook Page and Below.
Read more about the EW Scarecrow Decorating Contest
Printable Application – Download / Print Below

Envision Williamston to offer two fall activities

Envision Williamston to offer two fall activities

Envision Williamston is gearing up for two fall events.
Lisa Cope, who was recently named the EW Executive Director, said Williamston’s fall scarecrow decorating contest is to begin soon. “We WILL be having it again and what better time to have fun than now?”
Details and registration will be announced soon.
Voting will end on Oct 19th and awards given out on Nov 2nd. Voting will be online on the EW Facebook page.
“Secondly, we’ll be doing a positive vibe activity starting next week,” Cope said. “This will be an ongoing art project for all. The project is being called “Chalk It Up Positive”.
A supply of sidewalk chalk has been ordered and participants can stop by town hall and get a bag or use their own.
The ONLY rule is that ONLY positive, friendly art is allowed. Anything offensive will be washed off.”

“We encourage people of all ages to participate by creating art, liking favorites, and sharing on social media. This is a way to bring joy and a sense of unity while social distancing and practicing safety during the pandemic.”

Town of Williamston Freedom Celebration June 30

The Town of Williamston will host their annual Freedom Celebration and Fireworks event on Saturday, June 30. There will be food vendors, live music, a cruise in and car show with fireworks around 9:30 p.m.
Food will be available in Mineral Spring Park beginning at noon Saturday until with four vendors offering barbecue, hotdogs, funnel cakes and old fashioned ice cream.
Food vendors include Hey Bo / Sassy Sow BBQ, Grandma’s Real Homemade Ice Cream , Danny Batson Hotdogs and Ojay Funnel Cakes.
The Williamston Fire Department and McDonald’s will sponsor a cruise-in at the Town Square Center parking lot which begins at 5 p.m. Cruise-in participants who purchase a $1 ticket will have the opportunity to win $50 at each of three drawings at 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.
McDonald’s will have food and drink specials.
Live music on the park amphitheater stage will include two performers.
Ticko is opening and will be playing from 7:30-8:15. Featured performer will be the Clay Page Band performing until 9.
The Town of Williamston is sponsoring the fireworks show  which will begin around 9:30 the ballfield area behind the Municipal Center

Envision Williamston to sponsor 2nd HOWDY Cleanup

On Saturday, April 28th at 8AM we will be co-hosting the 2nd Annual Hands on Williamston Day Y’all (HOWDY) Cleanup Day! Our sponsors are the Town of Williamston, Keep Anderson County Beautiful (CACB), Ace Hardware, and Envision Williamston.
Donated supplies from KACB and Ace Hardware will include gloves, vests, trash bags, grippers, and garden tools. Bottle water will also be provided.

Activities for HOWDY include picking up trash and planting annual flowers in Mineral Spring Park and at Town Hall. We will celebrate our efforts by serving a pizza lunch afterwards.
Volunteers are welcome to be a part of the HOWDY cleanup.

As a part of HOWDY, the PHSJROTC will be out with their teams of students to pick up trash along several key roads around town including Cherokee Rd, Palmetto Rd, Courtney Rd, Hardwood Rd, and Hamilton St to name a few.  These cleanups will occur all week long from April 9th through April 13th.
Please plan to come on out for a great day of beautification!!

Deadline extended for EW Facade Grant applications

The deadline for applications for round two of the Envision Williamston “Façade Improvement Grant Program,” has been extended through December 29, 2017. Eligible applicants include owners of commercial properties and owners/managers of businesses located within the Town of Williamston.
Grant awards can range from $500 to $2,000. Applicants must match 50% of the total cost or more.
Applications can be picked up at Williamston Municipal Center or printed here
For more information contact Envision Williamston Executive Director Sonya Crandall at 12 W. Main Street Williamston, SC 29697 Email: or at  864-847-7473.

Online voting underway for EW Scarecrow Decorating Contest

Online voting for the Envision Williamston 2017 Scarecrow Decorating Contest is now underway.
Thirty or more delightful Scarecrows are on display across the Town of Williamston.
Show your community spirit and vote for your favorites here

EW Mural Design Contest – Now accepting entries

Envision   Williamston,   in   cooperation   with   Historic   Williamston and the Palmetto   Area   Cultural   Arts   Center,   is sponsoring a  Mural   Design   Competition for downtown Williamston.   The   purpose   of the program is to brighten up the streetscape by adding artwork of two   winners in highly visible locations in the downtown area.
The winner will receive $500 prize money and will be published in The Journal, on multiple Williamston websites and in  print advertisements for the town.
Local artists may submit more than one drawing for consideration but must be at least age 14 to enter.
The deadline for submitting artwork is Dec. 8, 2017 and the winning artwork will be announced on Jan. 15, 2018.
“We are hoping to have the mural installed and the grand reveal of the murals by May, 2018,” said Envision Williamston Executive Director Sonya Crandall.
The locations have been selected and are on the entry form.
“So if you have creative juices and artistic talent and would like to have your artwork on display in the downtown area, please pick up your Mural Guideline Package at Town Hall of you can view and print them online at,” Crandall said.

EW announces Mural Design Contest

Historic Williamston, The Palmetto Area Cultural Arts Center and Envision Williamston announce a Mural Design Contest for a mural project in Williamston. The project is a part of the Williamston Downtown Acceleration Program (WDAP) that is being funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).

For more information Mural Design Contest

Solar Eclipse Over Williamston was spectacular

The Solar Eclipse Over Williamston was a spectacular event. We were blessed with clear skies and had multiple ways to view the eclipse. We had a great party venue in the baseball fields behind Town Hall. Chris Wagner was a phenomenal DJ and emcee. Tony Amato from Palmetto High guided us through the various phenomena and brought a 6 foot telescope with a special lens. Long lines formed to view the once in a lifetime images. We also had our beautiful Mineral Spring Park for the naturalists who wanted to experience the Eclipse in a quiet, serene setting. People joined us from 17 states and the Washington DC area, stretching from Connecticut to Florida and west to California. Visitors also came from Australia, Belize, Colombia, England, and Holland. In sum, the Total Solar Eclipse literally put the Town of Williamston on the map! Throughout the town, an estimated 1,500 people from across the world convened in our beautiful small town. Away from the big city, folks came and enjoyed an afternoon of wonder, delight for the senses, and a taste of how infinitely full of surprises our universe can be.

Envision Williamston Executive Director Sonya Crandall

“I want to thank our co-sponsors: The Town of Williamston and the Palmetto Business Association. I also wish to recognize our prize sponsors of Ace Hardware, B&R Restaurant, and The Mill Town Players,” Crandall said. “I also want to thank our Mayor Mack Durham, Mayor Pro Tem Hagood, and Councilman Burgess. A huge shout out to the Envision Williamston Board, Community Engagement and Marketing Committee, and Town Employees. Well done by All! And a big Thank You to all of our attendees, our local residents and the hospitality extended to your neighbors and visitors from afar. To our out of town guests, we invite you to come back to visit us again and be a part of our growing array of fun, recreational, and cultural activities.
The Envision Williamston Team