WINNSBORO — The family of four arrived at 6:50 a.m. having made the trek from Wingate, N.C., to Winnsboro. They were bargain hunters participating in the Big Grab, an event in its second year that is garnering regional attention for Fairfield County and the Blythewood area.
Vendors came to Winnsboro from as far away as Ohio, Mississippi, Virginia and Georgia. There also were vendors from Surfside beach as well as sellers from the Midlands area.
The event brought in people from other areas, meaning they had to buy gas and food here so it was a shot in the arm to the local economy.
“The vendors I spoke with were more than pleased with the results,” said Terry Vickers, president of the Fairfield County Chamber of Commerce. “Everybody was really pleased with the expanded event and the advertising is what made the big difference, so we appreciate the newspaper for help with that.”
She said that First Methodist Church raised over $3,000 for mission outreach and First Baptist Church raised over $700 for its youth program.
“I thought it went great. We got a lot of comments and positive feedback,” said Denise Jones, chair of the Chamber board.
She estimated around twice as many people attended this year but said part of that might be due to a longer route.
“I think Winnsboro really stepped it up this year,” Jones said. “And things all fell into place near the end (of the preparation).”
She thanked local businesses for sponsoring the Big Grab, which has become an annual event. Jones said the Fairfield County Chamber of Commerce did a lot of hard work to secure advertising and set up tables for the event.
“That help was a lot of work behind the scenes and we could have not done the event without the chamber’s leadership and contributions,” Jones said.
Vickers said next year it will continue to be the 43-mile loop route and the sale will take place the weekend after Labor Day.