Are you ready to experience a horror, sci-fi, and pop-culture convention?

Calling all ghouls and goblins!

The 2017 Mad Monster Party Carolina is gearing up for a fun-filled weekend, and it’s an event you’d be MAD to miss! This horror, sci-fi and pop-culture convention includes everything scary. There is definitely something for everyone! Check out some of the activities:

  • Creepy Carnival (Carousel of Clowns, FEARris Wheel and more)
  • Celebrity Guests Panels
  • Monster Makeup Demos
  • Costume Contest (cash prize giveaway)
  • Horror Vendors
  • Movie Car Exhibit (Roadkill GOREage)
  • Miss SCarolina Pageant (cash prize giveaway)
  • Scaraoke (spooky karaoke)
  • Green-screen Photo Ops and pics with your heroes
  • Annual SCARES THAT CARE charity auction (scaring away childhood disease and illness)
  • AND MORE

Fans, you can meet your favorite movie stars!  Even recreate your favorite movie characters with full costumes and makeup! There’s even an opportunity for you to take photos with your favorite movie heroes. This is your opportunity to get photos with:

  • Billy Dee Williams (“Lando Calrissian” from the Star Wars trilogy)
  • Haruo Nakajima (original Godzilla)
  • Butch Patrick (Eddie Munster)
  • Ric Flair (16-time champion wrestling legend) Sunday Only!
  • and many more horror, music, wrestling and pop culture icons

Students, we’ve got a special offer for you. Use the promo code win17, present a valid student ID and you will get a 15% discount.

Mad Monster Party has something for everyone in the family. It’s kid-friendly by day, creepy grown-up fun at night. Don’t miss out on this monster-loving event for the entire family! The Mad Monster Party Carolina will be held at the Hood Center at York Technical College, located at 375 S. Anderson Rd. in Rock Hill, March 24 – 26.

For more information on the Mad Monster Party Carolina check out www.madmonster.com or read the full press release.

For tickets, visit www.madmonster.com/tickets.

Connect with us on Mad Monster Facebook for up-to-date details and Visit York County Facebook live posts.

Download the VisitYorkCounty mobile app and check out the Mad Monster tab for quick facts.

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A.M.E. Zion Conference brings hundreds from around the world to Rock Hill

The African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Zion Church hosted its Tenth Quadrennial Lay Convocation in Rock Hill, SC this year. The convocation was held on March 17-19 at the Kenneth Monroe Transformation Center. There were nearly 500 people in attendance for this event. Many traveled from near and far to attend this year’s convocation. While many in attendance were from the East Coast, there were some in from West-Eastern Africa and the Caribbean.

Andy Clinton, group/sports market specialist with the Rock Hill/York County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) began working with the staff at the Kenneth Monroe Transformation Center back in February when the center’s staff hosted another conference that also brought in a large group. Andy was thrilled when Rev. George McCain and Rev. Dr. Kenneth Monroe called him up to assist with hosting another large group at the transformation center.

“York County is proud of its partnerships with some of the area’s top meeting facilities so when a new meeting site opens, we are delighted to introduce our services as the county’s destination marketing organization to help promote each venue and generate more meeting business for the county,” says Andy.

In case you were wondering about the CVB’s involvement with assisting meeting facilities and groups with marketing, here’s the breakdown in how the CVB can help meeting facilities generate business and also help make planning a lot easier for meeting planners.

The CVB…

  • Markets York County to attract leisure travelers, tour groups, sporting events, meetings and other traveler segments;
  • Partners with York County attractions, hotels, restaurants, meeting and sports facilities to bring them qualified leads and help increase business;
  • Provide travelers with pre-planning and other assistance during their stay, as needed; and
  • Promotes all the unique aspects of York County –historic, cultural, rural, environmental, recreational, shopping, dining, and sporting opportunities — that encourage visitation at all times during the year, but especially during the off and shoulder seasons.

Click here for more information on York County meetings.

It’s always a pleasure to have the support of county leaders when welcoming groups to the area. On Thursday evening, York County Councilman William “Bump” Roddey welcomed the group to Rock Hill and York County, SC.

For more information on the A.M.E. Zion Church’s Tenth Quadrennial Lay Convocation or CVB meeting services, contact Andy Clinton at aclinton@visityorkcounty.com or 803.329.5200.

Create Your (Meetings) Story in York County, SC!

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Have you heard? FBU Top Gun is coming to Football City USA

Rock Hill and York County, South Carolina is not only renowned across the US as a major sports destination in the Southeast, but has become the preferred destination for sports organizers both locally and nationally. York County’s sports partnerships provide year-round access to the region’s top facilities with unmatched, turnkey service. York County hosts multi-year contracts with teams that stay and play longer and boasts products that include facilities for football, cycling, baseball, softball, track and field, lacrosse, soccer, disc golf, fishing, water sports, basketball and even Quidditch.

“Our county has actively embraced being a sports tourism community,” says Andy Clinton, Group/Sports Market Specialist for the Rock Hill/York County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB). Auvis Cole, sales director for the CVB says, “We pride ourselves on hosting world-class events.” For many years, York County has done just that.

So sports, football in particular, is well known and loved in Rock Hill and York County, SC or Football City USA as referred to by many.

Rock Hill and York County, SC is known for breeding some of the most talented players in the NFL and is proud to host the Football University Top Gun. Currently 8 players in the NFL and 3 first round draft picks in the last 4 years call York County their home.

It is with great pleasure that the staff at the Rock Hill/York County Convention & Visitors Bureau and South Pointe High School welcomes FBU Top Gun Camp.

Football City USA is without a doubt the place for the 2016 FBU Top Gun camp.

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Did you miss the 2016 SC Foosball Championships?

In case you missed this year’s Foosball Championships in Rock Hill, SC, we’ve got the outcome right here for you. For the third consecutive year, Bonzini U.S. A. has returned to York County, SC to host its South Carolina State Foosball Championships.  It was a three-day event, held February 19 – 21. Athletes from around the state and nearby states came together on Saturday, February 20 to compete head-to-head in the 2016 South Carolina State Foosball Championships. There were 58 registered players representing the states of South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Virginia. The championships were held at Revolutions, a local bowling, bar and grille. Revolutions is located off of Dave Lyle Boulevard inside the Rock Hill Galleria Mall.

The South Carolina State Foosball Championship brought out a large crowd of sports fanatics. The atmosphere was full of energy and passion for the sport. The feeling of being in the moment with the players was exciting for the many spectators. The foosball tables were unguarded during play so that spectators could walk up and experience the adrenaline and excitement that the players felt. The intensity of the game is incomparable to others. The South Carolina Foosball Players Association was also proud to have a few state champions return to compete again this year.

The Foosball Championships raised $1,400 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of York County this year. The Boys & Girls Clubs were honored to be the beneficiary of the event and expressed great appreciation to the Bonzini organization for the support and hard work that goes into the planning and execution of the fundraiser.

If you’ve never been to Revolutions in Rock Hill, grab the fam and get out there soon. Revolutions contains a full service restaurant, a sports amphitheater, high energy bar, live entertainment, arcade, and laser tag. “Revolutions is the hottest gathering place for the crowd that works hard to play hard,” said Jenny Russell, sales manager. You can find out more about Revolutions by visiting their website http://rockhill.revolutionsbowl.com or following them on Twitter @RevolutionsCP.

To see final results of the 2016 South Carolina State Foosball Championship, click here. You can also visit the Bonzini web page for more information.

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Did you miss this year’s US Disc Golf Championship? We’ve got the highlights

Competitors from around the country gathered at the legendary “Gold Course” at Winthrop University for the 2015 US Disc Golf Championship. This year marked the 17th consecutive year that York County has hosted the most prestigious event in disc golf. The Gold Course is located at the Winthrop University Recreational Complex in Rock Hill, SC.

The US Disc Golf Championship attracts disc golf enthusiasts of all ages to the course. Since its first use in the championship in 1999, the Gold Course has undergone several course renovations to prepare for the national sporting event each year. Tons of mulch, recurving and leveling of the beach green, and the addition of official USDGC materials help to prepare the fairways for the championship competition.

Many tourney goers came out to watch top players including,  3-time and defending US Champion Will Schusterick, from Nashville, TN; 4-time World Champion Paul McBeth, from Huntington Beach, CA; 12-time World Champion and 5-time US Champion Ken Climo from Clearwarter, FL; and 2-time World Champion and 3-time US Champion Barry Schultz from Louisburg, NC. Paul McBeth won the 2015 US Disc Golf Championship, making it his first US title.

For course by course highlights and more information about the US Disc Golf Championship, please visit http://usdgc.com/.

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Huzzah for Hiking Festival gets People Excited about Getting Active

The Kings Mountain Hiking Club showcased the beauty of Kings Mountain National Military Park’s walking trails during its inaugural kick off for the Huzzah for Hiking Festival. The festival was created in order to promote healthy living in York County.

On Saturday September 6, 2014 many people came out in support of Kings Mountain’s brand new hikers club from 10:00am-4:00pm at their first Huzzah for Hiking Festival.  The festival inspired a great deal of spectators attending the event sign up to become active members of the King’s Mountain Hiking Club.

There were many activities provided at the event for people of all ages.  Children and their parents had opportunities to visit several booths to get information about York County and surrounding areas as well as make crafts like bird feeders, and they learned how to grow a plant.  Guests were able to take home the bird feeders and plants that they made. There was also live music provided by The Mike Strauss Band from Charlotte, NC.

The Hiker’s Club was also supported by many vendors from around York County and surrounding areas to raise awareness of the many outdoor adventures available in the area.

The Kings Mountain Hiking Club hopes to continue to promote an active lifestyle for York County and the surrounding areas.

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“Grits Stop” celebrates tourism in America

Local Tourism Leaders Celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week by Welcoming Visitors to South Carolina with a Favorite Southern Dish – GRITS!

On Friday, May 9, 2014 local tourism leaders hosted the annual “Grits Stop” in celebration of the 30th Annual National Travel & Tourism Week. “Grits Stop” was held at the South Carolina Welcome Center on Interstate 77 in Fort Mill, SC from 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon. America celebrated National Travel & Tourism Week on May 3 – 11, 2014. Volunteers from the local tourism industry gathered at the Fort Mill Welcome Center to greet visitors and offered them a complimentary bowl of grits and other southern delights in honor of National Travel and Tourism Week. The week is designated in America for the travel and tourism industry to simply say “Thank you!” to visitors.  Characters from local attractions also gathered at the welcome center to help volunteers welcome visitors and show appreciation to those traveling to South Carolina.

Click here for the complete release.

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Rock Hill hosted the 2014 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

The Rock Hill/York County Convention & Visitors Bureau welcomed the 2014 SIAC Track & Field Championship to Rock Hill, SC.

At the conclusion of the 2014 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Track and Field Championships, the Golden Rams from Albany State University earned their way to top team finishes in both the men’s and women’s competitions at Winthrop University’s Irwin Belk Track. Albany State University men’s team dethroned Morehouse men’s team who had won eight consecutive team titles in the SIAC prior to this weekend’s championship.

The Lady Rams scored 229 points for a decisive win. Benedict’s Lady Tigers finished second with 205 points and Stillman took third with 86 points. On the men’s side, Albany State had 194 total points. Morehouse placed second with 159 points and Kentucky State earned 116 points. Albany State’s men’s and women’s teams capped off their overall victories with a first-place finish in both 4x400m relays.

Information and article by the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. For the complete article visit The SIAC.

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The Secret Sisters Visit Old Town

The Old Town Amphitheater concert series welcomed the Secret Sisters to Rock Hill. An amazing night of music and fun was had by all.

The Secret Sisters’ incredible story is as simple and true as the effortless harmonies that got them here. Begin anywhere – the thick and fertile brambles of their own family history (their grandfather and his brothers actually forged a group called ‘The Happy Valley Boys’) or light upon the branches of the wondrous, fractal menagerie that makes up their debut album (a guileless, rapturous mixture of roots-ified pop that includes classics like “Why Don’t Ya Love Me?” and “Why Baby Why”). The pure goldenrod from a pair of Alabama sisters direct from Muscle Shoals (barely twenty-somethings themselves) dare to cover the Sinatra untouchable “Something Stupid,” one minute, and deliver their own self-penned, soon-to-be signature anthem “Tennessee Me,” the next.

Take a look at our photos and be sure to attend next years concerts happening Only in Old Town.

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US Youth Soccer Championship Recap

The US Youth Soccer Championships were a huge success. Take a look at a few of our photos to relive the excitement!

The remaining 2012 US Youth Soccer National Champions were crowned today at Manchester Meadows, in Rock Hill, S.C., where the country’s the top teams in the Under-16  through Under-18 Boys and Under-16 through Under-19 Girls age groups met to conclude the final stage of the 2012 US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, presented by the National Guard. After this week’s three days of preliminary play, the top two teams played today for their respective national title.

Quoted from usyouthsoccer.org

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What do you want to do?
  • Find Art & Entertainment
  • Go Shopping
  • Wine and Dine
  • Enjoy Nature
  • Explore History & Culture
Where in York County?
  • Rock Hill
  • Fort Mill
  • York
  • Clover
  • Tega Cay

“This is the best trip we have ever taken! Our itinerary was perfectly timed and the directions were exceptional.”

Rebecca

Knoxville, TN