When you think of the Come-See-Me Festival, you think of spring—but it takes a year-long effort to make this ten-day event happen. Even though the 2018 festival won’t kick off for two weeks, plans are already being made for the 2019 festival, including the official announcement of next year’s chair. On Wednesday, March 28, Chad Echols was introduced as the 2019 Come-See-Me Festival Chair at the Past Chairs’ Breakfast. The event, held at Manchester Meadows, is a time for former chairs and other festival and community leaders to come together and celebrate the past, present, and future of Come-See-Me.

Chad is a second-generation festival chair. His father, Doug Echols, chaired the Come-See-Me Festival in 1985. Chad’s involvement with the festival began eight years ago. Prior to serving as festival vice-chair the past two years, he served as a Team Leader for Tailgate Party & Fireworks, Gourmet Gardens, and the Come-See-Me Road Races.

A graduate of Clemson University and the University of South Carolina School of Law, Chad is a member of the South Carolina Bar and is the founding partner of The Echols Firm in Rock Hill. He currently serves on the York County Clemson Club Board and the Advisory Board for the Upper Palmetto YMCA Camp Cherokee. He also helped found the Cherokee Conservation Corps, a group working to support the capital needs of Camp Cherokee. He previously served in leadership positions with the Good Folks of York County, The Palmetto School at the Children’s Attention Home, Family Promise of York County, the York County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs, and as an Elder at Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church.

Chad and his wife, Anna, live in Rock Hill and have two children, Guy and Liza.

Please join us in congratulating Chad on this honor!