North Augusta Centennial celebration begins

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North Augusta is celebrating its Centennial this weekend.

The calendar is filled with events to celebrate.

Events kicked off at the Old Towne Artisans Fair at the Living History Park.

Though this event happens every year, not just for the Centennial, organizers expect to see some extra visitors at the Fair.

That's because old and young alike are excited about North Augusta's 100th birthday.

At Bush's Flower Shop, workers are looking for just the right bloom to celebrate the city's big birthday.

The 85-year-old florist shop has been through much of the town's history. It was started by the parents of shop owner Jeanette Bush, who was born 79 years ago in the house next door.

"The city limits was probably the top of the hill," Miss Bush recalls.

But now the city's much bigger and welcoming new people every day...and Miss Bush knows why.

"You can depend on your neighbor, and friendship was big, and everybody knew everybody," she says.

Up the road is a 42-year-old North Augusta favorite, the Sno-Cap Drive In.

"It's fun to see the people who come in and say 'oh, this is where I had my first date'," says Tiffany King of Sno-Cap.

Today the restaurant of reminiscence is getting ready for the thousands of centennial celebrators.

"Our food order was pretty big this week, so yeah we're getting pretty prepared for it," King says.

And a 50-year-old school celebrates.

Classes from Our Lady of Peace Catholic School wrote a North Augusta history book.

These kids tell us they plan to stick around town when they grow up.

"I would like to open up my own business," said one girl.

"I think I might want to get a job as a meteorologist at one of the TV stations," said a boy.

Maybe he can work at a 52-year-old North Augusta landmark: News 12.

From the past to future...many are wishing North Augusta a Happy Birthday.

The big Centennial events begin Saturday.

You can tour historic structures from 10:00 a.m. to noon. A citywide picnic starts at noon, and a parade is from 3:00 to 5:00. At 6:00 the street party kicks off.

There is threat of rain Saturday. Organizers say if that happens, as long as there's no lightning they'll have the parade, and they'll move the picnic inside the Community Center.

The Artisan Fair continues until 7 Friday and runs during the day on Saturday and Sunday.