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Let’s fill up ‘The Cup’

Posted: March 27, 2014 4:57 p.m.
Updated: March 28, 2014 5:00 a.m.

What I am told is the biggest annual event in Kershaw County is tomorrow, and I get to experience it for the first time. The 82nd Carolina Cup is here, and as the newest member of the Chronicle-Independent staff, I get the honor of attending and documenting the event.

I’ve been warned it can be a wild time, depending on which area of the grounds you may find yourself in. On the other hand, I’ve also heard certain areas of the property will be occupied by well-mannered folks who treat the day, themselves and each other with the dignity such an event calls for, with snappy attire, pleasant, polite attitudes and overall decorum. That’s the crowd I would rather associate with.

I’ve heard the section of the festivities called “College Park” is set aside so younger, college-aged revelers can enjoy the day on their own terms. I can remember being young, believe it or not, and occasionally acting the fool myself. I went to college in Kentucky and there was no bigger day there than the day of the Kentucky Derby. I never went to Churchill Downs, but that entire state was one huge party on that day each year, and I did my part to preserve that reputation, even if hurting my own. I didn’t care at the time. You don’t think about things like that in your late teens and early 20s, and maybe you shouldn’t have to. Besides, Kentucky is known not just for thoroughbreds, but also for bourbon whiskey.

But now, close to 40 years later, I intend to steer clear of College Park and gravitate toward the more mature folks, like myself. I expect most of them also had their wilder sides “back in the day,” but those days are as gone as mine. I hope.

Obviously, the Carolina Cup is far more than just horse racing. It’s a big social event that is important to Camden and the entire area, economically and in several other ways, as well. Participants come in from all over the nation and spectators are drawn from all around our state and the entire Southeast region of the U.S., so for at least that one day Camden is in the spotlight.

Camden and this area have a lot to offer the other 364 days of the year, as well, so hopefully we’ll serve as good hosts and hostesses tomorrow and make visitors want to come back for the historical sites, the culture, the downtown shops and all else our town has to offer.

Most of the locals I know, including most of my co-workers, have told me they intend not to attend the Carolina Cup. They have been before and they say that was enough. That is not a huge surprise. I came here from Pageland in Chesterfield County near the North Carolina state line. That town’s claim to fame is the annual Watermelon Festival in July. Many of my friends there don’t go to the festival and some even leave town that weekend to avoid the traffic, crowds and general nonsense the event brings.

But, I’m still looking forward to the Cup and I hope the predicted rain stays away, at least until evening. If you go, do your best to represent our community in the most positive light you can. Big crowds can be quite bothersome, but they can’t be avoided at big events. Let’s all be local ambassadors for Camden and for The Cup. The crowd will be gone Sunday.


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