2006-07-12 / Local News

'Rug & Home' girl will be grand marshal for S.C. Peach Festival parade July 22

By SCOTT POWELL Ledger Staff Writer spowell@gaffneyledger.com

JAMIE SIMPSON JAMIE SIMPSON Gaffney's Rug & Home store television spokesperson Jamie Simpson will be the grand marshal of the 2006 South Carolina Peach Festival Parade.

Simpson, 25, is the bubbly personality from Gaffney's Rug & Home store commercials in five television markets in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Tennessee. It is estimated that more than 1 million people view her commercials weekly.

The parade is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday, July 22.

Simpson is a native of Moonville, just outside Greenville. She graduated from Woodmont High School in 1998 and attended Clemson University for three years before leaving to attend Cosmetology School.

She lives in Atlanta, where she works part-time and owns Jamie Simpson Marketing, Inc.

The parade route extends from Thomson Park on North Limestone Street north through downtown to Railroad Avenue.

Simpson will be in the City of Gaffney's Visitor Center to sign autographs for 30 minutes at the end of the parade. The Visitor's Center is located next to the Capri Theater.

"The South Carolina Peach Festival would like to recognize Mr. Rakesh Agarwal, Owner of Rug & Home, in making it possible for Miss Simpson to attend and sponsoring her visit for the festival's special event," festival parade chairperson Warren Turner said.

This year's parade theme is "Downtown in Peaches Where it all began 30 years ago!"

The South Carolina Peach Festival was formed by a group of community members following a Peach Day held by the Chamber of Commerce in 1976. Local festival organizers obtained the Peach Festival charter from the city of Greer and expanded the festival to events held annually over several weekends in July.

The festival has partnered with the City of Gaffney to hold another Peach Day for the festival's 30th anniversary. The event will be held immediately after the parade in downtown Gaffney.

Multi-colored floats will be a featured attraction at the festival parade.

More than 100 units including floats, bands, high steppers and local and state officials are expected to participate in the two-hour parade.

"Each year the board of directors is told that there should be more floats in the parade. This year the parade committee has made personal contact with the Southeastern Company located in St. Matthews," Turner said. "They have several beautiful floats with matching trucks and drivers available."

If you are interested in securing a float, please call Turner at 489-3658, or e-mail him at :

wturner880@charter.net

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