Lead­ers show what York Co. has to of­fer

The Herald (Rock Hill) - - Local & State - BY HAN­NAH SMOOT AND JOHN MARKS [email protected]­al­don­line.com [email protected]­mill­times.com

Gi­ant trees sparkled through­out Carowinds Fri­day as Mrs. Clause and dressed-up elves wel­comed leg­is­la­tors from across South Carolina and their fam­i­lies to York County.

The 2018 York County Day at Carowinds was the sec­ond time the event has been held in the ac­tual county, in­stead of Columbia, state Rep. Gary Sim­rill (RYork County) said.

“For those of us who live here, ev­ery­day is York County Day,” Sim­rill said. “But typ­i­cally, and tra­di­tion­ally, York County Day was held in Columbia. So folks from York County would come to Columbia and show off and show­case what is good about York County — but the best way to sell York County is to see York County.”

State of­fi­cials in­clud­ing Gov. Henry McMaster, Speaker of the House Rep. James Lu­cas (RDar­ling­ton), and di­rec­tor of South Carolina Parks, Recre­ation and Tourism Duane Par­rish at­tended the Carowinds event Fri­day.

Pat Jones of Carowinds said the event was a chance for leg­is­la­tors to see the best parts of Carowinds.

“We are a place where fam­ily and friends can come to­gether and spend a great deal of time to­gether in fel­low­ship, hav­ing a great time dec­o­rat­ing a cookie, watch­ing some lights, rid­ing a car­riage ride,” Jones said. “…That’s what we think our core is.”

York County Day co-chair­per­son Amanda Ste­wart said

York County is a grow­ing county that is bring­ing rev­enue to the state.

“We’re re­ally proud to be lo­cated here in South Carolina,” Ste­wart said. “And to be ac­tively in­volved in state af­fairs and to con­trib­ute much to our re­gion and par­tic­u­larly to our state, in rev­enue and in other ways.”

Ste­wart played short video high­light­ing some of York County’s best fea­tures, in­clud­ing a “quaint Main Street,” prox­im­ity to Char­lotte, nat­u­ral recre­ation ar­eas, and Carowinds.

“(Carowind is) unique be­cause it was built on the state bor­der so it’s South Carolina, North Carolina,” Sim­rill said. “We al­ways say the good rides are on the South Carolina side. But it shows, part­ner­ing to­gether what we can make of that. But ob­vi­ously South Carolina is a tremen­dous as­set to the na­tion and York County is a tremen­dous as­set to South Carolina.”

The video also high­lighted the $29.9 mil­lion eco­nomic im­pact brought from the 2017 UCI BMX World Cham­pi­onship in Rock Hill.

2017’s York County Day was held July 26, 2017 dur­ing that world cham­pi­onship at the Rock Hill BMX Su­per­cross Track.

Then-Rock Hill Mayor Doug Echols said at the time that the in­ter­na­tional event, held at the city’s River­walk de­vel­op­ment had ex­ceeded ex­pec­ta­tions.

“My hope is we’ve got peo­ple who want to move here, peo­ple who want to move their busi­nesses here,” Echols said in 2017.

Sim­rill said high­light­ing Carowinds for the next year’s York County Day was an ob­vi­ous move. Both parks bring in ma­jor tourism rev­enue, which Sim­rill says the county hopes to en­cour­age.

“You usu­ally think about when you go some­where, you go to the coast and you go to the moun­tains,” he said. “Well, York County re­ally is the pin­na­cle of South Carolina and we want to show­case it to­day.”

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