Exhibit: Come-See-Me 1962-2012

Come-See-Me Program- 1962
Come-See-Me Poster- 2010

Exhibit- Leaping Through the Past:  Come-See-Me Festival 1962-2012

The Archives April Exhibit chronicles the evolution of the Come-See-Me Festival in Rock Hill, SC from its inception in 1962 to 2012. The 10-day Come-See-Me Festival is considered the largest, all-volunteer festival in South Carolina and attracts more than 100,000 participants and visitors each year.


Come-See-Me was founded by former Rock Hill 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! 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 Come-See-Me exhibit contains photographs, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, memorabilia, and other artifacts illustrating the festival’s growth from a weekend event in 1962 to a full ten day event that annually attracts over 100,000 The exhibit will be available for viewing until through April during regular Archives hours. (8:30-5:00, M-F).

For more information on the exhibit or the Come-See-Me Records, please contact the Archives at (803) 323-2334 or e-mail archives@winthrop.edu.

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