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Oktoberfest Festival in Greer, SC

2017 Oktoberfest in Greer, SC

Oktoberfest Festival in Greer, SC

At Bradshaw Automotive, we love being located in Greer, SC. We’re close to the beach, close to the mountains, and surrounded by nice folks. Plus, there’s always something going on in the area, like the upcoming Oktoberfest Festival in Greer, SC.

The popular annual Countybank Greer Station Oktoberfest will be held this year on October 21, 2017. It’s everything that any experienced festival attendee would expect from a solid Oktoberfest—deliciously bubbly German beer, a mouth-watering menu of German foods and desserts, and fun live entertainment. Pick up a beer from Warsteiner, Germany’s largest privately-owned brewery, and then fill up on fresh pretzels, bratwursts, kettle corn, Black forest cake, and much more. With that in mind, be sure to come hungry!

The Greer, SC festival will feature a performance by German oompah bands, but it will also showcase non-German artwork from local artists. You’ll find local vendors selling anything from handmade jewelry to oil paintings and photography. It’s the perfect setting to get an early start on your Christmas shopping and support the local community at the same time.

The Oktoberfest in Greer, SC is sure to be an excellent time as always. Become a sponsor, volunteer, or just head over with friends and family for a fun day of food, art, and plenty of culture.

South Carolina State Parks to Visit This Summer

South Carolina State Parks

 

 

Visiting a state park is a great way to experience nature at its finest. We here at Bradshaw Automotive know of a few South Carolina State Parks that are worth visiting this summer season.

Conagree National Park

Conagree National Park is known for its massive hardwood forest and sweeping waters. The Conagree and Wateree Rivers meet and carry much-needed nutrients throughout the floodplain. The park is home to a number of fun, family-friendly activities. Hiking trails and camping sites are two activities that visitors love. Canoeing and fishing are on the list as well.

Sesquicentennial South Carolina State Parks

There are few parks as welcoming to families and nature lovers as Sesquicentennial State Park. The park is home to a 30-acre lake that allows fishing and canoeing. Visitors can rent fishing and pedal boats for an afternoon of fun.

The park also features a small gift shop, picnic shelters, multiple playgrounds, and more. Bird watchers will find that the number of bird species and available hiking trails make Sesquicentennial State Park a great place to spend the day.

Table Rock State Park

Table Rock State Park holds a tremendous amount of scenic areas through its 3,000 acres. The hiking trails lead to the 80-mile-long Foothills Trail. Hikers will enjoy the sound of mountain streams and the roar of waterfalls as they travel through nature. The state park is also home to a number of cabins and other fascinating structures.

2017 Railfest in Greer, SC

2017 Railfest in Greer
Don’t miss the 2017 Railfest this September

There are dozens, if not hundreds, of local festivals that take place throughout South Carolina every year. This year’s Railfest in Greer looks to be one of the most unique and exciting of them all. The festival puts an emphasis on trains and rail safety. Even if you aren’t a huge fan of trains, the 2017 Railfest in Greer is bound to be a blast!

The Second Annual Railfest takes place at Greer City Park on Saturday, September 30th. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is free to all who wish to attend. During the festival, Operation Livesaver will put on rail safety presentations.

Train enthusiasts and transportation lovers will enjoy the sheer sight of trackless trains, model trains, and much more. The local rail police and museums will even have interactive displays suited for fans both young and old

Videos about locomotive history will offer a closer look at one of the world’s earlier forms of transportation. As though that isn’t reason enough to attend, kids and adults alike can win prizes that include train rides and model trains,

We’re all about transportation here at Bradshaw Automotive, so we hope to see you at the 2017 Railfest this September!

Best South Carolina Road Trips: Ideal Destinations

South Carolina Road Trips Image From National Geographic
Mapping Out Our Destination

Looking for the best South Carolina road trips? At Bradshaw Automotive we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite destinations to visit, so you can easily hop in your new SUV or crossover and hit the highway. South Carolina has a range of landscapes to choose from, one reason there are so many great road trip destinations to mention.

Best Beaches

According to Road Trip USA, there are tons of places to stop at in the Palmetto State. One of the most popular vacation destinations is Hilton Head Island, with several sunny beaches, unforgettable lighthouses, and dolphin tours, among other things. You can also get some of the best seafood in the country, including fresh shrimp and oysters on the half shell.

Charleston

Next, check out Charleston. Established as the capital in 1670, this city has one of the longest histories in the country. Though it is no longer the state capital, Charleston still retains a regal feel to it. You can check out mansions, churches, and the open-air City Market. If you visit in the near future, you may catch the Spoleto Festival.

Myrtle Beach

Finally, stop by Grand Strand, Myrtle Beach. As one of the most popular road trip destinations, the beach has more than 13 million visitors per year. You can see world-famous golf courses, roller coasters, malls, and more.

These are just some of the many fun road trip destinations you and the whole family can enjoy. And, with a new Chevy SUV, you can easily fit the whole family, luggage, and more. Come see for yourself at Bradshaw Automotive in Greer, SC today!

June is National Camping Month: Here’s What to Pack

National Camping Month
Let’s Go Camping!

June is officially designated as National Camping Month. That means it’s about time to head to the great outdoors. There are a number of things you should pack in your new Chevy SUV, and we’ve put together a list of camping tips to help you make the most of your experience outdoors.

First, according to the Boy Scouts Guide, every camper should at least pack the bare essentials. This includes the following:

  • First-Aid Kit
  • Swiss Army Knife
  • Clean Water (64 oz/person per day) or water purification tablets
  • Bug Spray

You won’t make it far without water or bug spray, and a first-aid kit is essential for anyone who plans on spending time outdoors.

What food should you pack? If you drive an SUV or crossover, you can probably pack a few coolers—one for meat or other raw food and one for fruits and veggies. Bananas and apples, hot dogs, and grilled cheese all make for great campfire meals.

In lieu of a traditional tent, you might also consider SUV tents. You can easily prop open the back of your car, put the seats down, and make a comfortable shelter for you to spend the weekend in. If possible, you should also bring an air mattress to make sleeping more comfortable (though some simply prefer a hammock covered in a mosquito net).

These are some of the basics to pack for camping. Above all else, remember to read up on “Leave No Trace” principles. These refer to practices like putting out the fire properly, taking any garbage with you, and leaving flora and fauna untouched. Before you leave, stop by Bradshaw Automotive to make sure your car or SUV is ready for the trip.

A Few Great Camping Spots In Upstate South Carolina

hiking in the mountains - camping spots in upstate South Carolina

The camping spots in upstate South Carolina are numerous and choice. There are opportunities for fishing, swimming, hiking and just plain soaking up some of the most beautiful landscapes this fair land has to offer. We here at Bradshaw Automotive have thrown together a few of our favorites for you just as summer approaches.

 

Devil’s Fork State Park – Salem

 The campgrounds at Devil’s Fork State Park are situated on the banks of the pretty and placid Lake Jocassee. Anglers will find the spot to their liking as the lake features both trophy trout and smallmouth bass. Kayak rentals are available and make for a wonderful way to get around the lake. Camping facilities feature restrooms with hot showers in case you decide to stay for a few more days.

King Mountain Park – Blacksburg, SC

 A wonderful place to camp for both tent campers and RV owners, King Mountain Park features two beautiful lakes, tranquil thanks to motor restrictions. In fact, non-motorized boats are available for slow perusing of the calm waters and intense watching of bobbers.

Croft State Park – Spartanburg

 Croft State Park is unique for a number of reasons. First of all, even casual birdwatchers will delight in knowing that all sorts of species can be spotted there, including different varieties of hawks, bald eagles, and wood ducks. Secondly, the park features a skeet shooting park just outside its gates!

Spring Community Events Happening In Greer

family playing games on beach - Spring community events happening in Greer, SC

Living in Greer can make you feel lucky for a number of reasons. It’s a beautiful town populated by folks who know exactly what it a neighborly spirit means. This place also knows how to bring people together in a fun and wholesome way.

Speaking of which, we here at Bradshaw Automotive wanted to make you aware of some exciting Spring community events happening in Greer, SC.

 

Greer Family Fest – May 5-6

Heading into its 33rd year, the Greer Family Fest just keeps getting better and better. Sponsored by Perlham Medical Center, this festival features something for everyone. There’s tons of kiddie rides and games as well as great fair food, not to mention live music on two stages.

Food Truck Rollout – May 26

Located at the Greer City Park, the Food Truck Rollout involves a lot more than food trucks. That’s not to say that they won’t be there, so bring your appetite! There’s also live music and tailgating games (cornhole, anyone?).

Moonlight Movies – June 1-July 27

 Starting on the first of June and going through July 27th, the Moonlight Movies series serves up a family-friendly flick at the Greer City Park Amphitheater every Thursday night. The 2017 lineup has yet to be announced but if last year’s selection are any indication (Minions, The Good Dinosaur), this year is bound to be just as fun!

Best Driving Apps for Trips, Traffic, and More

Whether you’re planning on taking a long road trip soon or just looking for apps to make your daily commute in Greer, SC easier, we’ve compiled some of the best driving apps for smartphones that tell you about traffic, the best stops to make on road trips, and more.

Waze is a great app to use if you’re in the middle of a traffic jam. It’s not perfect for longer-term driving because it tends to drain your battery, but it’s great when you’re in heavy traffic because it can suggest an alternate route to take that will get you to your destination faster.

For road trips, there’s no better app than Roadtrippers, which suggests places to eat, cool sights to see, the best hotels in the area, and even campgrounds. Plus, if you put your route into the app, it can estimate how much gas you’re going to buy.

RepairPal is great to have if you find yourself with car trouble while away from home or if you just don’t have a trusted mechanic in town. It gives you average prices charged by local mechanics and keeps you from overspending.

Electric car drivers have to get PlugShare, the app that lets you quickly find charging locations in the area, with more than 40,000 stations registered in the app across the US. With the still limited ranges of most electric cars on the market, PlugShare is a life saver.

 

These are just a few great apps that make driving more fun and stress-free. Find more here!

Enjoy National Biking Month with These Great Cycling Trails Near Greer

National Biking Month

Warm weather is finally here, which means it is a great time to head outdoors. For many people, riding their bicycles is the best way to spend a beautiful day. And, it’s a great form of exercise, too. If you’re looking to go exploring on your bike here in South Carolina, here are some great cycling trails near Greer.

  • Lyman Lake. Just north of Greer is this beautiful lake. Ride just a part of the trail, or cruise the whole thing for a total of 20 miles.
  • Swamp Rabbit Trail. Head to nearby Greenville and ride on the nearly 20-mile Swamp Rabbit Trail.
  • Spartanburg County Parks. Spartanburg County has numerous trail systems available to cyclists. These range from paved paths through dirt forest trails.

This May encourage your whole family to go biking together. You’ll get to explore the beautiful scenery in and around Greer while becoming active as a family.  Before you know it, your kids might be begging you to head out on the trails with them.

Where is your favorite cycling spot near Greer? Do you prefer paved trails or more off-road cycling?  Tell us about your favorite places to go biking at Bradshaw Automotive in Greer, SC!