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.
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.
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!
The Enclave’s new styling features an all-new grille that adds elegance, combined with dramatic, modern LED winged headlamps and a sculpted body. The Enclave also comes with a convenient new hands-free power liftgate, which lets you pop open your cargo area just by waving your foot.
The Enclave doesn’t just have great looks, though. Inside, it provides a more refined experience than ever, with welcoming ambient lighting, QuietTuning™ technology to make your ride peaceful, and comfort features like leather-appointed seating and a cabin air ionizer.
New Grille & Badge
Then there’s the Avenir trim of the Enclave, which adds a unique new grille and Avenir badging, along with premium cabin materials and wireless phone charging, a steering wheel accented with real wood, and an 8-inch reconfigurable Driver Information Center.
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!
Finding a dog sitter or kenneling your dog while you go on vacation can seem like a hassle, and who wants to be separated from their best friend for that long anyway? Taking your dog with you on vacation can be a lot of fun for you and your pet, but make sure you’re following these safety tips for traveling with pets!
Before you leave, get your dog used to riding in the car for longer and longer periods of time. This will help keep them calm when you leave, and they won’t notice the long distance as much. If your dog has trouble going to the bathroom anywhere but your backyard, get them used to going other places as well.
When you’re on the road, stop every few hours so your dog can go to the bathroom. Always give them access to clean water, and feed them according to their usual schedule. Bring toys for them to occupy themselves to keep their stress levels to a minimum.
Don’t leave your dog alone in a car, especially when it’s very hot or very cold outside. This is dangerous! You should also avoid letting them stick their head out of the car window for safety reasons.
Remember the most important thing is to have a great vacation for you and your family, including your furry companions. Also, feel free to bring your car into our service department before you head out on your trip!
For the fourth year in a row, Chevrolet led more categories than any other brand in the 2016 JD Power Initial Quality Study. The study, which JD Power has been conducting for three decades, surveys over 80,000 new vehicle owners and lessees to determine their satisfaction with their vehicles.
Chevrolet led five categories, sweeping the full-size truck category with a win for both the Silverado 1500 and the Silverado HD. It also won both the compact and large SUV segments with the Equinox and the Tahoe. The Spark, which saw a big design refresh in 2016, beat the rest of the city car segment by a whopping 48 points, while the others only led by 10 to 15 points.
This is another big win for Chevy, who also swept the JD Power Dependability Survey earlier this year. Chevy has already seen a rise in sales by 3% just since the beginning of 2016 and expects more thanks to the JD Power studies, which they expect will draw in more new customers. We sure hope this trend continues, and Chevy continues to produce award-winning cars!
To find out more about the award-winning lineup of Chevy cars, stop by and check out our new car inventory at Bradshaw Automotive in Greer, SC!
It’s that time of year again where the weather turns nice, and with it, many places and opportunities open for us to explore and see all the Greer has to offer. Check out these few things to do around Greer, South Carolina.
We at Bradshaw Automotive love to visit the Greenville Zoo. This summer has even more opportunities available for fun times at the zoo, as there are multiple summer camps for kids of all ages.
Some of the camps for younger kids focus on concepts such as colors at the zoo, while the older kids may learn more about the animals that come out at night. There are many opportunities for kids ages 3-14. For more information on specific zoo camp options, or to plan your own day at the zoo, be sure to check out the Greenville Zoo website.
If you prefer to stay inside during the summer, you should definitely check out the Greer Heritage Museum. The museum has a library for historical and genealogical research and interactive displays throughout the exhibits. There are volunteer guides who would love to talk with you about the rich history of Greer. In addition, there is no charge to get into the Greer Heritage Museum, so you can visit all summer long!
If you are looking for things to do this summer around Greer, there are even more options! These two places to visit are just a few of the great things going on in Greer, SC. Be sure to see what other great things our community has to offer!
When you think of jobs that are in the automobile business, usually the person who ‘colors’ the car doesn’t come to mind. At Buick, there is a “Lead Exterior Color Development Designer” named Krysti Murphy who was in charge of selecting the color for the Avista concept vehicle.
Pursuitist Autos interviewed Krysti Murphy, and it was extremely interesting to learn about this job field and designer herself. Murphy previously worked for Hasbro toys designing My Little Ponies. She would pick out the colors for the ponies and work on the transitions of the colors and styled tattoos.
Murphy mentioned that her work on the coloring of toys helped her transition into the world of automobiles. Both fields require market research; it’s just for different demographics is all. She still looks at color trends, but now focuses on finding colors pleasing to adults that also have favorable longevity.
In regards to the Avista, Murphy really enjoyed working on the sculptural surfaces as it allowed for dual tone colors. She explained that she prefers working on a show car color because it allows for more experimentation of different pigments and color varieties. For the Avista concept, Murphy pulled inspiration from water, as she created a beautiful blue with multiple pigments that change color tones in different lighting.
A lot of research and experimenting goes into selecting the perfect color for a new vehicle. To read the full interview with Krysti Murphy, click here. You’ll be amazed at how many coats of paint it takes just to get one perfect color!
To learn more about the Buick Avista or any of our current Buick vehicles, stop by and see us at Bradshaw Automotive in Greer, SC.
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!