Press conference kicks off four-county Agritourism and art tour

Posted June 4, 2014 9:33 am | Filed under Featured, Local News, News

Agriculture, tourism, art, and commerce came together in Chester CountyTuesday for the kickoff of the 2014 Catawba Region Ag Plus Art Tour that will take place June 21-22 in York, Chester, Lancaster, and Fairfield Counties.

Among the speakers were state Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers,  Parks, Recreation and Tourism director Dave Parrish, and  South Carolina Arts Commission director Ken May.

“When I see something that’s innovative, I really want to be a part of it,” Weathers said.

“You create a platform to promote the diversity of the tourism experience,” Parrish said.

May says paring agriculture and art is not unusual.

“Many of South Carolina’s most iconic art forms have their roots in traditional food production,” May said.

The tour will be a free self-guided tour of farms featuring local artisans at every stop.

The largest free-farm tour in the US will include 48 sites people will be able to visit in the four counties.