Citizens in Hampton County will have an opportunity to meet, have fun, and greet their local candidates during an upcoming Field Day.
Hampton County Citizens for Active Restoration (HCCAR) is planning a community-wide Field Day on Saturday, May 14, 11 am – 3 pm, at the Wade Hampton High School Horseshoe and Track Field.
But what is this event all about?
For the love of Hampton County
HCCAR is an organization that gives hope and promise to the Hampton County community, said one of its key members, Randy Vaughn.
“The planned Field Day is a way to bring our community together,” said Vaughn. “Hampton County has suffered significant pain and unfortunate circumstances over the past couple of years. In concert with the COVID-19 pandemic, the community has seen so many legal disputes, misspending of tax dollars, defunding of the school system, and failure to follow a 2012 Ordinance approved by the voters of Hampton County. better communication, accountability, and transparency in the daily operation of government.”
“The primary purpose of the Field Day event is to bring our county together to celebrate the good, discuss the bad and eliminate the ugly,” Vaughn added. “Our hope is that citizens and government officials and potential candidates for office attend and share ideas and thoughts on how we can together strengthen Hampton County.”
Co-organizer Faye Gooding echoed those statements.
“Like so many more who live in Hampton County, participants in the HCCAR love where we live,” Gooding said. “HCCAR is a forum for citizens that are dedicated to improving our county by engaging our communities to discuss and find solutions to actively restore and revitalize our county and create an environment to fit the competitive demands of the future while providing generational opportunities for our citizens. Our principal objective is to make Hampton County an attractive place to live, grow, work and play.”
Like other parts of the country, our county has faced challenges during its history and, recently, very serious challenges including, but not limited to financial insecurity, very negative publicity, mistrust of county leadership due to misspent restricted funds, plus lack of transparency and accountability related to taxpayer dollars, lack of strategic planning and lack of focus on quality education for current and future generations,” Gooding added. “However, we see this time in the history of our county as an opportunity for a ‘new beginning’ and we should seize that opportunity to come together as communities and towns focused on what is good while also causing change where it is needed.
“Field Day provides an opportunity to be reminded of what a great place we live among wonderful people, to come together to learn about our communities and the opportunities available in our county. It also provides a casual, fun place for all candidates running for public office to listen to, talk with, and exchange ideas with the citizens of our county.”
Details on this family-friendly, educational event
For the love of Hampton County, citizens are encouraged to get together, have fun, enjoy good food, meet local and state political candidates, and discover the hidden treasures that make living here so unique. Admission is free to the public, participant spaces are free, and a free lunch will be provided. Additional foods and snacks may be purchased from approved vendors on site.
Join in the celebration of Hampton County and enjoy the rekindling of the spirit of our great county, its towns and communities. This event will feature jumping castles, corn hole, bingo, demonstrations by fire departments, as well as aircraft rescue firefighting trucks, and other activities for all ages. Children must be occupied by an adult.
Discover a treasury of information about recreational adventures, health enhancements, and opportunities for personal and educational growth at Field Day!
Every organization, crafter, business, industry, church, farmer, health provider, service program, contractor, landscaper, etc. – all are invited to tell their story free of charge. If interested, simply complete a form to reserve your space. If you provide a service, a product, activity, or information, we want to include you in this exciting event to share and support the heart of Hampton County. For organizations or businesses unable to be present, an information table will be provided for those that wish to provide flyers, menus, business cards or other promotional materials. A booth will also be available to post job opportunities in the county. Bring promotional and/or job opening documents to WHHS field no later than 8 am on May 14 and leave them with the gate attendant.
Sales are limited on Field Day to nonprofits and approved food vendors. Other participants may display products and take orders for future sales.
Reserve your space today! The deadline to sign up is April 30.
Forms and event flyers are available at the following: Julienne’s, The Frock Shop, Ulmers’s Seed and Feed, Estill Town Hall, Estill Library, El Zarapa, Jenks Polaris, Mugs and Brushes, Varnville Town Hall, Yemassee Town Hall, The Lowcountry Living Room , Fletcher’s Finds, Harold’s Country Club, Ellis Agency, Hampton Town Hall, Shumans Stop and Shop, and Rejoyce.
Completed printed forms can be dropped off at the Varnville Town Hall. Space can be reserved, and partner forms can also be completed and submitted online, at:
Take this opportunity to make our communities aware of your business, organization or services. All seeking county offices are encouraged candidates to join the fun and exchange ideas with county residents.
We hope to see you on May 14, 11 am to 3 pm, at Wade Hampton Track Field.