SIX MILE — If you’ve been mulling around for something to do over the weekend and have been thinking all the little Spring and Summer festivals are over — you are in for a treat, because one little Upstate town has been saving the best for last.
The annual Issaqueena Festival is being held this Saturday in downtown Six Mile.
For over 20 years, the Issaqueena Festival has been held the third Saturday in May, shutting down Main Street from Liberty Highway all the way up to Six Mile Baptist Church.
History tells us the area now known as Six Mile once belonged to the Cherokee Nation and a local legend states that Six Mile was named by the Indian maiden, Issaqueena.
There are many different versions of Issaqueena’s story but the basics are that she rode her horse on a journey of ninety-six miles to warn an English trader named Francis Allen of a coming Cherokee attack on his fort.
Issaqueena numbered the creeks she crossed until she reached the fort in the area she labeled “Ninety Six.”
Of course, there is still a town named Ninety Six, as well as many other “number names” on the path to it including Mile Creek, Six Mile, Twelve Mile River, and Six and Twenty Creek.
Six Mile’s town festival is named in her honor.
Music, crafts, food, games and pretty much anything else you can think of will be available through the vendors who line up and down Main Street but there are a few new twists to the festival this year as well including an art contest for kids to design the festival’s logo for 2018.
The city does warn residents that yard sales and alcoholic beverages will not be permitted during the Festival.
The Issaqueena Festival kicks off Saturday morning at 9:30 with welcoming remarks from Six Mile Mayor Roy Stoddard at the South Stage on Main Street.
Reach Kasie Strickland at 864-855-0355.C