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Old 05-04-2011, 05:37 PM
 
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The upcoming Republican debate is getting a lot of publicity, especially on Fox, but I don't know if it will really much of an economic impact on the area. As a relative newbie here, what are some of the biggest events in the area ? I did live here for a few years when I was in high school and I remember a big hot air balloon festival, but I heard that is no longer held. Are there any other events of that scale in the area ?

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Old 05-04-2011, 05:53 PM
 
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Sorry if I was unclear I'm looking for any large events that still current happen in the area, and also any historic large events sports, political or anything else that may have had a significant economic effect.
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Old 05-04-2011, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Greenville, S.C., USA
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Fall For Greenville is very large (approx. 200,000 over the weekend)

The AT&T 'Red, White & Blue' festival is definitely well attended.

Other notable large events include (probably missing a few) the USA Cycling Professional Championships, Artisphere, the Greater Greenville Scottish Games & Highland Festival, and Freedom Weekend Aloft (Simpsonville).
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Old 05-04-2011, 06:24 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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In October 1959, the South Carolina chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People held its annual meeting in Greenville. Jackie Robinson, the famed baseball player, was their invited banquet speaker. He was not allowed to enter the whites-only airport waiting room.

In protest, between 900-1000 people staged a New Year's Day 1960 march from Springfield Baptist Church to the downtown municipal airport.


Fifty years later, remembering Greenville's civil rights activists - News (http://media.www.thefurmanpaladin.com/media/storage/paper1002/news/2010/01/29/News/Fifty.Years.Later.Remembering.Greenvilles.Civil.Ri ghts.Activists-3860163.shtml - broken link)

It was in 1960 — as the civil rights movement was heating up with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. as its inspirational leader — that a group of black Greenville teenagers took their places on stools at the lunch counter of the [Woolworth] store on East Washington and North Main streets.

They demanded equal treatment. They were met with resistance.

Participants say Woolworth sit-in won't be forgotten | greenvilleonline.com | The Greenville News
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