Cheraw State Park honored by Olde English District

Cheraw State Park was named as the Olde English District (OED) 2014 “Outstanding Attraction of the Year” at the commission’s Annual Awards Luncheon, sponsored by Duke Energy, held October 2 at the Historic Lancaster County Courthouse.

Photo courtesy Olde English District

Photo courtesy Olde English District

Each year the OED recognizes one attraction or facility that caters to tourists located in one of the seven counties that comprise the Olde English District Tourism Commission, which includes the counties of Chester, Chesterfield, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lancaster, Union, and York.

In his nomination of Cheraw State Park, David Sides, Director of Tourism and Community Development for the Town of Cheraw and an OED board member said “When you pull through the gates, you instantly feel a wave of relaxation sweep over you. While it is the state’s oldest state park, it continues to provide the latest in recreational opportunities including paddle boarding, moonlight canoe floats, and an incredible golf course.

In addition to Cheraw State Park, Beckee Garris, the Visitor Coordinator of the Native American Studies Center in Lancaster was the recipient of the Betty Skeen Hospitality Employee of the Year and Linda Vaughan of Van Wyck was named the Carrie B. Dover Volunteer of the Year.

On behalf of Cheraw State Park, park manager Troy Crider received a stainless steel pineapple sculpture created by South Carolina artist Bob Doster. Shown with Crider (center) is Jayne Scarborough, executive director of the Olde English District and David Sides from the Town of Cheraw.

Following the luncheon, a panel of South Carolina Welcome Center managers as well as a SCPRT staff member discussed upcoming changes in the state’s welcome centers and ways to get additional visitors to cities, attractions, and accommodations.

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