Cheyenne Walsh

(Rock Hill, S.C.) — Rock Hill “hopped” into spring with the annual Come-See-Me festival, a tradition in the community since 1962, which began as a weekend event, but now spans 10 days and showcases a variety of activities for all ages.

The event kicked off with a parade on April 4 in downtown Rock Hill and continued until April 13, featuring a road race, several art exhibits, music, food and fireworks.

The festival traditionally fills downtown with families, couples and friends to celebrate the new season.

Fountain Park became the center for many children to play and have fun together, as volunteers handed out chalk for kids to draw, offered face painting and the opportunity to meet Come-See-Me mascot Glen the Frog.

Dominick Noviello, 11, said he has been coming to the festival with his family for years.

“My favorite part is coming in the field, meeting new people and making friends and spending time with my family. We come here every year to enjoy this place,” he said.

As music filled the air on East Black Street, adults and children were dancing on a newly placed checkered dance floor.

“It gives us an opportunity to get out, be a part of the community, meet other people and just have fun,” Stacy Kephart, who brought her children.

The festival typically draws more than 100,000 people per year.