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August 31: Darlington Car Hauler Parade and Festival in Florence, SC

August 31: Darlington Car Hauler Parade and Festival in Florence, SC

By Matt Diehl • August 23, 2017

On Thursday, August 31, the 13th Annual Darlington Car Hauler Parade and Festival will return to Florence, SC to entertain NASCAR fans of all ages.

Starting in the parking lot of the Florence Civic Center, the first leg of the festival will run from 4-7 pm and feature a variety of music and entertainment. Fans can get close to all of the NASCAR transporters on-site and take pictures with their favorite team's hauler and driver. There will also be a silent auction full of NASCAR items, and children can play for free in the KidsZone. Entry to the festival is free for all attendees.

At 7 pm, the parade of NASCAR haulers will depart on their 12-mile journey to Darlington Raceway. Along the route, the parade will drive through Darlington Square, which will be hosting RaceFest. RaceFest is a separate event that fans can go to after the festival is over. This event, which is also free to attend, will feature food and entertainment in addition to a classic car show and a firework display.

OneMain has been a proud sponsor of the Darlington Car Hauler Parade and Festival for three consecutive years. Liz Pierson, the regional associate director of operations and OneMain employee of 20 years, will be coordinating our efforts before and during the event:

“We have a lot going on and are very excited. For starters, a replica of the #1 OneMain Financial Chevrolet will be on-site for fans to see. Hauler driver Mark Williams will be there as well to greet people and take pictures with them in front of the car. We have several volunteers from local branches including Hartsville, Mullins and Florence who will be on hand to give away promotional items and engage the crowd. We also plan to host a sweepstakes drawing where the winner will receive a pair of tickets to the Bojangles’ Southern 500.*"

When asked what makes the Darlington Car Hauler Parade and Festival special to the area, Pierson touched on the scale and reach of the event:

“It gives the state a chance to provide a NASCAR experience to many loyal and longtime fans from all over South Carolina, including those who may not be able to attend the actual race. Over 30,000 people will attend the event at the civic center, and even more will watch the parade and attend RaceFest. Seeing all of the car haulers driving in is a great way to kick off the race weekend, and OneMain is happy to be a part of the celebration!”

For more information, please visit the Darlington Car Hauler Parade and Festival website.

*PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE CHANCE OF WINNING. NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Odds of winning based on number of entries. Need not be present to win. Must be 18 years or older to enter. Prize is valued at approximately $250. If prize is unavailable, OneMain may substitute a similar item. Limit one entry per person. Subject to full Official Rules on reverse side of entry box. See branch for licensing and disclosure information.

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