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Come See Me Festival
The Come-See-Me Festival was founded by former Rock Hill, SC Mayor and state senator C. H. “Ickey” Albright and the Rock Hill Chamber of Commerce in 1962. The festival quickly became associated with Rock Hill resident and internationally renowned artist, Vernon Grant. Vernon Grant, famous for his whimsical fairy tale drawings in advertisements (creator of the Snap! Crackle! And Pop! gnomes) and children’s book illustrations, supplied the drawings and inspiration for the Come-See-Me mascots from its inception and is the creator of “Glen the Frog” which was adopted as the official mascot in 1964. The all-volunteer 10-day festival continues to attract more than 100,000 participants and visitors. The festival hosts several events including, the Come-See-Me Parade, the Gourmet Gardens, the Teddy Bear Tea Party, the Beach Bash, Mayor’s frog Jump, and many, many more!
The records of the Come-See-Me Festival are housed at the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections at Winthrop University. The Come-See-Me Records contain correspondence, meeting minutes, financial reports, newspaper clippings, photographs, scrapbooks, promotional materials, and other records and material chronicling the development of the Come-See-Me Festival in Rock Hill, SC.
The Louise Pettus Archives is open to the public and for more information concerning this collection or any other collection, please contact the Archives.