SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) – Spartanburg native Brenda Lee Pryce recalls when Spring Fling first began.
“As a little girl, I can remember my mother and church group coming together every year for Spring Fling, going downtown baking their goods the whole week to carry downtown,” she said.
Now she’s serving on the spring fling committee, along with business owner Nick Belmont.
“I think I knew some changes needed to happen with Spring Fling.. I didn’t really know what,” said Belmont.
The committee was started this year after some business owners complained of unsupervised teenagers being unruly and posing safety concerns. After months of public comments, they say folks should not expect major changes for 2017.
“We all are aware that Spartanburg is growing and we want to grow with Spartanburg,” said Pryce.
In the future, suggestions include new branding.
“I felt we need to boost the name a little big, re-brand us,” said Pryce.
“Maybe more of a clear mission or goal to Spring Fling, and not just kind of a party downtown,” said Belmont, who also wants more focused placed on supporting local vendors.
Pryce also wants to suggest a permanent Spring Fling committee.
“One of the major concerns that we had was to ensure that there is a vehicle for communication for the business community as well as for those people who attend Spring Fling,” she said.
The committee will present its report to the Spartanburg city council during the meeting on October 10th.