Summer Spotlight Events
Are you looking for new sources of revenue or more community engagement for your farm? Want to meet fellow agritourism farmers? The South Carolina Agritourism Association is hosting two Summer Spotlight events to help association members and other farmers learn about opportunities in agritourism. Agritourism is booming in South Carolina, with more than 400 farms offering everything corn mazes to goat yoga.
These special August events offer fresh tourism ideas and discussion of hot topics as well as an opportunity to network. The Aug. 7 event will be held in the Pee Dee at Clarendon Club, a hunting lodge that offers a range of entertainment and outdoor activities, while the Aug. 21 event is in Upstate South Carolina at Chattooga Belle Farm, a destination farm, distillery, and event venue at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Admission to each event is free to SC Agritourism Association members and $10 for non-members. Both events include lunch. RSVP information and details for each session are listed below.
Pee Dee: August 7, 10am – 2pm
Presentation topics will include Insurance and Agritourism, Conservation & Camps, Partnering Land Owners with SCDNR & SCWP, and Connecting SCDNR with Farmers. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Clarendon Club, 1219 Dingle Pond Road, Summerton, SC
Upstate: August 21 – 10am – 2pm
Set among a spectacular view of rolling hills and mountain views, we will see Chattooga Belle Farm’s u-pick fruit farm, visit the farm store, learn about the event barn, visit the distillery, learn about their operation and much more. Includes lunch at Belle’s Bistro. RSVP to email@example.com. Chattooga Belle Farm, 454 Damascus Church Road, Long Creek, SC. chattoogabellefarm.com
About the South Carolina Agritourism Association: Founded in 2014, the SC Agritourism Association handles promotions, marketing, outreach, education and advocacy for the state’s agritourism industry. For more information, visit scagritourism.org.
SC Agritourism Association 2019
Join… the only association dedicated to promoting and marketing South Carolina Agritourism Farms! We seek to: Educate agritourism operations in an effort to create sustainable activities and attractions. Encourage the highest standards in hospitality and tourism initiatives. Facilitate economic growth by promoting and fostering increased agriculture-based tourism throughout South Carolina. Advocate proactively on behalf of Agritourism operations within state-level organizations.
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The South Carolina General Assembly has approved legislation creating the Agritourism and Tourist Oriented Directional Signage Program, commonly referred to as the TODS program.
TODS is a program that allows tourism and agritourism-oriented facilities to have directional signing placed in the highway right-of-way. The program is a cooperative effort between the SC Department of Transportation (SCDOT), the SC Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism (SCPRT) and the SC Department of Agriculture (SCDA). Designed to promote agritourism and tourist-oriented facilities in rural areas, the program provides directional signing from the closest primary route, a designated SC or US route.
The SCDA and the SCPRT are responsible for promoting the program and screening businesses to ensure that they qualify to participate in the program. The screening process is referred to as “pre-approval.” Deadline for the Pre-approval Application submission is April 30.
SCDOT’s authorized agent, South Carolina Logos, Inc., is responsible for administering the program and fabricating and installing all program signs. Businesses must submit final applications to SCDOT after receiving pre-approval to participate in the program from the Department of Agriculture or Parks, Recreation and Tourism. The final application is to be reviewed and approved or rejected by the TODS program oversight committee as required by section 57-25-8 of the South Carolina Code of laws.