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Fall color comes to downtown

Fall color comes to downtown
If you’ve been through downtown Bennettsville recently, you’ve probably left feeling a little more festive and excited about fall, thanks to a new project of the Bennettsville Downtown Development Association.
Colorful fall decorations are on display on street corners, around the Courthouse square, and near businesses throughout downtown, with hay bales, pumpkins and more brightening the entire area for locals and visitors.
Jean Quick, a member of Bennettsville City Council and BDDA’s treasurer, came up with the idea as a way to build upon two successful projects from last year: a pumpkin carving contest, after which the finished pumpkins were displayed in front of the Courthouse, and a large wooden turkey which was painted by children and placed on the square to collect items for the local food pantry.
“This year, I thought about what we could add to it to make it even better,” said Quick, who has a business of her own, The Regal Touch, downtown. “I thought this would be a good idea to make the town look festive.”
For several years now, BDDA has asked local merchants to use white lights and lighted pumpkins in their windows in the fall. This year, they were asked to consider placing fall decor out on the sidewalks as well. From there, the idea was opened to others who are located outside the downtown district, and sponsors now include not just businesses but agencies like the Marlboro County Sheriff’s Office as well.
Quick estimates between 20 and 25 displays are either complete or in the works, and there is still time for others to join in the fun. To sponsor a display, call Quick at 843-479-6561 or 843-479-9573.
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