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2014 Stage Schedule





The August Cruise-In and Music on Main event has been rescheduled for Saturday, August 16th, featuring Motorcycles and the Jamie Wright Review!August 16 Cruise-In



Zaxby’s will be opening soon in Pickens!








Bands Announced for 3rd Annual Founders Day Music Festival

Founders Day Music Festival                          September 13, 2014                                                    11am – 9pm



yam logoYouth Talent Will Shine in Pickens at July 26th Talent Show

The Young Appalachian Musicians and POSAM (Preserving Our Southern Appalachian Music) will sponsor a youth talent show from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at the Pickens Amphitheater.  The event is free to all – participants and audience members – and it is not too late to sign up.  Youth up to age 18 are invited to participate. Performances should be approximately three minutes in length and can be traditional music (bluegrass, old-time), storytelling, or traditional dance such as clogging, flat footing, Irish dancing, etc. Please bring any music or backup musicians needed.  This is not a competition, but ribbons will be given to all participants. The show will be limited to 45 acts.  Participants may sign up in three ways:

  • Call or e-mail Betty McDaniel by Friday, July 25, at (864) 878-4257 or mcdanibw@bellsouth.net. (Leave a message if no answer).
  • Sign up at TAM YAM Camp, held at the Pickens Rec Center July 21-25
  • Sign up Saturday, July 26, between 5:45 and 6:45 p.m. at the Pickens Amphitheater

Come join us for a wonderful evening of entertainment and fun.

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Congratulations to Mikoshi Japanese Steakhouse on their Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Celebration!

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Congratulations to 9Round on their Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting celebration!

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We’re excited to announce TWO new businesses opening in Pickens next week! Come celebrate their grand openings with us: 9Round on Tuesday, July 1st at 12pm (113 W. Main Street) and Mikoshi Japanese Steakhouse on Wednesday, July 2nd at 10:45am (209 Hampton Avenue)





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Open House Invitation


Join us for an Open House and Business After-Hours on June 24th!

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Thanks to everyone who came out for the Cruise-In and Music on Main Jeep night! Unfortunately we had to cut the event short due to bad weather, but the results of the voting are in! We’ll post photos and more details on Monday, but for now, here are our winners:

Best of Show: #17 1981 Jeep CJ5, Chad Sexton
Most Original: #153 1979 CJ5 Renegade, Eric Jankowski
Most Unique: #156 63 Jeep Fleetvan, Travis O’Dell

Congratulations to our winners!


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photo 2Pickens Revitalization Association has officially moved into our new home! We have joined offices with one of our best partners in Pickens, the Greater Pickens Chamber of Commerce. We all feel that this will be a great asset to both of our organizations, and bring all business and visitor information to one location.  Please come by and visit us! 222 West Main Street, Suite A Pickens, SC 29671

Wi-Fi CloudOver the past few months, the City of Pickens and Globalvision, Inc have worked closely together to improve the wireless coverage in the downtown area. Read the Full Story




Doodle LogoJoin us July 26th for the Doodle Trail 5K, a fundraiser for the Doodle Rail Trail project!



volunteer logo Interested in volunteering with PRA?  We could use your help in making Pickens a better place to live work and play! Check out the areas where you can serve and then fill out a Volunteer Application today!




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Congratulations to the following winners of the May 3rd Cruise-In and Music on Main with Southern Crescent Band and Custom & Classic Cars:                                                   Best of Show: Billy and Sonia Medlin, 1979 Classic Chevrolet Corvette                          Most Unique: Wayn O’Shields, 1987 S-10 Chevrolet                                                     Most Original: Marty O’Shields, 1970 C-10 Chevrolet


PRA-small-4CExisting businesses in Pickens, we need your help!  Please take just a moment to fill out the Pickens Existing Business Survey so we can continue to make Pickens entrepreneur-friendly.


Check out this video to hear a little more about what’s happening in Pickens!

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The 2014 Pickens Amphitheater schedule is out!  Join us on Saturday nights all summer long!

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Get your applications in for the Facade Improvement Grant Program!


Pickens Revitalization Association and Pickens Chamber of Commerce invite you to join us for the 2014 Annual Banquet on Friday, February 21st.  Get your registration in today!

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Join us on Monday, February 24th from 12pm to 1:30pm for the Pickens Small Business Resource Fair. Come hear from various experts on opening and running a business and register to win some great free prizes!




2013 Pickens Merchant Christmas Decorating Contest Winners:

  1. First Place: Stockade ‘n Stuff Antiques
  2. Second Place: Cafe Connections
  3. Third Place: Pace & Reeves

2013 City of Pickens Christmas Parade Winners:

  1. First Place Best Commercial: Greyhound Crossroads
  2. Second Place Best Commercial: Foothills Dance
  3. First Place Best Non-Commercial: Tata Queens
  4. Second Place Best Non-Commercial: Jeep Club
  5. Best Adaptation of Theme: Spotlight Dance Company
  6. Best Overall Religious: Missionary Baptist Church

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Amphitheater LogoInterested in performing at the Pickens Amphitheater in 2014? Contact us today for open dates and information!

Interested in providing sound and lighting services for events at the Amphitheater?  View the Request for Proposals for the 2014 season.



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Looking for some fun things to do this holiday season?  Come celebrate with us in Pickens!  For a full list of events, visit our A Pickens Christmas page.

Pickens Merchants!  Join us for the Merchant Decorating Contest!




Pickens has been selected as a pilot community for a project to aid entrepreneurs!  The “Entrepreneur Friendly Toolkit” project is being run by the Appalachian Council of Governments. Check out the full story here!



3rd Friday Page 06-19-13What great fall weather we’re having this week! And a great reason to come out to Historic Pickens this Friday evening! Quite a number of stores and restaurants will again be open until 9 PM this Friday for the monthly 3rd Fridays event. It’s a great opportunity for everyone to enjoy the great specials, music, refreshments, Halloween candy and the autumn decorations!




City of Pickens “Christmas Lights” Christmas Parade has been scheduled for Friday, December 13th at 7pm!  Send in your entry by December 10th.  Find the Official Entry Form & Regulations here.


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Check out what PRA is up to this month with business recruitment!  See the full story on the facade grant and empty storefront posters here.





Join us for the 2nd Annual Founders Day Music Festival on September 14!  Click here for more information.



Attractions at the Amphitheater


Check out what’s going on at the new Pickens Amphitheater this summer!






Celebrate the Fourth of July with Pickens!





Dedication & Ribbon Cutting Invite


You’re Invited!                                                               Pickens Amphitheater Dedication & Ribbon Cutting  Saturday, June 29th at 6pm




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Applications for the 2013 Facade Improvement Grant Program are now available!  Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!




PRA-Main-4CJoin the PRA Now!

In 2013, the Pickens Chamber and the Pickens Revitalization Association are offering a joint membership program. When you join both organizations, you’ll not only show your un-questioned support for both organizations, but you will enjoy a discount on membership fees.

It’s only logical that our two organizations “join forces”. We share many of the same goals and complement each other in numerous ways. Our ultimate goal is to make Pickens, and the area, the best place to live, work, play and to own a business.

Enjoy many benefits based on your membership level.  For more Information, click below:




WeFantheFlame (1)The “I Fan the Flame” awards program has taken on a new look.  “I” has become “We” as the recognition turns from individuals to groups who contribute to the community. All organizations – religious, civic, charitable, school, corporate, cultural, non-profit, youth, senior, business, association, etc. are eligible.  The recognition is given for endeavors such as:

  • Helping to improve the community in some significant way
  • Contributing to resident well-being
  • Generating positive publicity for Pickens
  • Conducting and/or participating in a charitable event
  • Raising money for a good cause

Each month’s winning organization will be recognized with the presentation of a unique trophy, a group photo with a special “Fan” banner, as well as website and media publicity.

A panel of community members will select each monthly winner.  Entries are due at the PRA office by the fifteenth of each month.  Entry forms are available here and at the PRA office.

Get Involved!
The PRA is currently recruiting volunteers to be available to help out with community events, marketing, and so much more! If you could donate a few hours to the PRA, please contact us with your name, number, email, and interest information.




Sidewalk Cafe
Who doesn’t love a good sidewalk cafe? These spots have risen significantly in recent years and they promote circulation, a casual public life outside of our doors. Strolling is good for business, not to mention health, community, and public safety. Download the Sidewalk Cafe Application 2012.

WiFi is now available on Main Street in Pickens!