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Oktoberfest is on tap Oct. 5
JUL 30, 2013

There will be dancing on Trade Street during the Oktoberfest scheduled Saturday. Oct. 5 from noon-10 p.m.

The annual celebration of German tradition is scheduled on Saturday, Oct. 5 with the Greer State Bank Greer Station Oktoberfest.

Oompah bands and German food, beer and wine will be featured from noon to 10 p.m. for the free festival. It is one of two main events the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce produces.

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Greer Idol, Tunes in the Park end series with another huge turnout
JUL 29, 2013

There's no way to know if this little girl's $2 went toward votes for the Greer Idol and Teen winners. 

The little girl in the photo to the left, appears to be a tad sad to see her $2 going to the Greer Idol ballot box Friday night. Casting a vote cost $1 each for three choices.

Kieffer Mendoza won Greer Idol and Kody Young won Greer Idol Teen, sponsored by Greer Cultural Arts.  They earned $1,500 and $500, respectively. It should be noted that Young was making his public singing debut in the teen competition.

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Kody Young, who never before sang publicly, is 2013 Greer Idol Teen
JUL 27, 2013

Kody Young performs in his first competition and only his fourth public appearance. He earned the 2013 Greer Idol Teen championship Friday night.

Hard to imagine Kody Young’s first time in a competition – or even singing publicly – he received $500.

That’s exactly what Young earned Friday night when he swept to the 2013 Greer Teen Idol finals and took home the first place check.

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Mendoza's silky voice, guitar-playing style wins Greer Idol title
JUL 27, 2013

Kieffer Mendoza won the 2013 Greer Idol championship and the $1,500 winning first price.

Kieffer Mendoza, the guitar player with the silky voice, won 2013 Greer Idol and the $1,500 first place check tonight at the City of Greer amphitheater.

Mendoza had to beat out five other Idol contestants as the competition lost two weeks because of rain and was threatened to throw the final into a quandary with an early afternoon shower.

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McCleer competing at Summer Idol at Governor's School
JUL 24, 2013

Anna McCleer will be competing Saturday at the annual Summer Idol at the Governor’s School of Arts & Humanities. The event’s proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.

McCleer, who has participated in Greer Idol the past two years, performed to songs she wrote, including one for her father while he served in Afghanistan last summer. She finished third in Greer Teen Idol.

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Dancers headed to Macy's Parade schedule fundraisers
JUL 24, 2013

The Southern Dance Connection is hosting fundraiser for dancers participating in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

• Aug. 10, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Car Wash at Zaxby's on Batesville Road (in front of Publix).

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90's, beach music will decide Greer Idol winner Friday
JUL 23, 2013

Kieffer Mendoza impressed the judges last week at the Greer Idol competition. The finals are Friday with Mendoza and five other competitors chasing the $1,500 first place prize.

Teen finalists here

Last week's gallery

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4 boys, 2 girls vie for Greer Idol Teen championship
JUL 23, 2013

Bethany Ghent is one of six Greer Idol Teen finalists battling for the $500 first price Friday night at the City of Greer Amphitheater.

Greer Idol Finalists

Greer Idol Teen Gallery

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Youth orchestra 2013-2014 schedule has six concerts
JUL 19, 2013

The Greenville County Youth Orchestras (GCYO) has set its 2013-2014 season’s performances.

The newly elected board of directors was also announced.

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Overflow crowd watches Tunes in the Park, Idol competition
JUL 19, 2013

Briona Pride sang

Greer Idol Gallery

Greer Idol Teen Gallery

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Youth Orchestra board members begin new year
JUL 18, 2013

The Greenville County Youth Orchestras (GCYO) has announced its newly elected 2013-2014 board members.

President: Jacqui Rose, Corporate Director of Sales & Marketing, Sycamore Investment Group

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Greer Idol winner will average $500 for each performance
JUL 16, 2013

This small tent does nothing to cover people during a fierce thunderstorm last Friday in Greer. The deluge of rain accompanied by lightning forced the second consecutive cancellation of Greer Idol and Tunes in the Park at the City Park amphitheater.

The payday for a Greer Idol winner will average $500 per performance.

Rain cancelled the past two Tunes in the Park and Idol performances, meaning winners will compete a maximum of three weeks – weather permitting. The summer entertainment series has only been held June 28, at the City’s Freedom Blast celebration.

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continued: Greer area contestants in Miss South Carolina pageant
JUL 6, 2013

Analouisa Valencia
Miss Lyman

PAGE 2: Greater Greer pageant contestants continued

Visit here for other contestants here.

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Greer area girls have frantic week chasing Miss South Carolina title
JUL 5, 2013

Miss Greater Greer
Lanie Hudson

The hopes of greater Greer in the 2013 Miss South Carolina Pageant rests on five queens representing different communities in the upstate.

The girls reported to Columbia Friday, will have social activities Saturday and Sunday. They begin their first day in competition Monday when all meet with judges for the all important interviews.

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Tunes in the Park, Greer Idol cancelled tonight
JUL 5, 2013

Tunes in the Park and Greer Idol scheduled tonight at Greer City Park’s amphitheater are cancelled.

The city announced: “Weather continues to play havoc with events in the Upstate. Friday's scheduled Tunes in the Park at the Greer City Park Amphitheater is the latest to fall victim as heavy rains and a flash flood watch into the evening have forced the cancellation of the concert and Greer Idol events.

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16th Annual July 4 Neighborhood Kids Parade open to public
JUL 3, 2013

16th Annual July 4 Neighborhood Kids Parade open to public

The 16th Annual 4th of July Arlington-Davenport Neighborhood Kids’ Parade is Thursday morning at 10 a.m. The parade begins in the 200 block of West Church Street in downtown Greer.

Here's some fun historical facts and figures about Independence Day.

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'Squeaky Joe', a sentimental favorite, ousted from Greer Idol
JUL 2, 2013

More Greer Idol Week 1 Features

Greer Idol Week 1 Song Selections

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Teen Idol song selections represented family, remembered friends
JUL 2, 2013

Song selections for Greer Teen Idol performers for Saturday’s competition at the City of Greer Freedom Blast.

Nick Boggs

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Vets and active military get in free in July at Hollywild Animal Park
JUL 2, 2013

It’s “Military Appreciation Month” at Hollywild Animal Park. All members and veterans of the Armed Forces showing their military ID at the admissions gate get in free during July. Family members entering with a military member receive a 15 percent admission discount.

July 4 hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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Idol contestants had a connect with their patriotic selections
JUL 1, 2013

Megan Watts returned to participate in Greer Idol Season 7.

Greer Idol’s 13 contestants performed Saturday at Freedom Blast. They were asked to sing a patriot song in honor of the July 4 celebration and Military Salute later in the evening.

See Week 1 video here.

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