Tartan Day South’s John Banks recognized with Senate Resolution – Going to DC

John Banks, with wife Pam, at the State House last week, receiving Senate Resolution.

Tartan Day South’s John Banks has received a Senate Resolution. Banks has also been invited to Washington DC for the 20th anniversary celebration of the National Tartan Day holiday in April.

“It was an honor to recognize John Banks, who founded Tartan Day in Cayce – West Columbia,” said Sen. Nikki Setzler of West Columbia. “Tartan Day has become a very successful annual event thanks to John, his wife, Pam, and the entire Tartan Day Team. They will soon join the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the National Capital Tartan Day.”

A SENATE RESOLUTION

TO RECOGNIZE AND HONOR TARTAN DAY SOUTH UPON
THE OCCASION OF ITS JOINING IN THE TWENTIETH
ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF THE NATIONAL
CAPITAL TARTAN DAY.
Whereas, the members of the South Carolina Senate are pleased to
recognize Tartan Day South as the organization joins in the
twentieth anniversary celebration of the National Tartan Day
holiday in Washington, DC in April 2018; and
Whereas, Tartan Day South will participate in the National Capital
Tartan Day, organized by the National Capital Tartan Day
Committee, by taking part in panels and speeches that focus on a
range of subjects, including Tartan Day Going Forward: Keeping
It Real, The Role of Tartan in Forging a Scottish National Identity,
Scotland After Brexit, and Scots Heraldry. A number of
prestigious guests and speakers from Scotland and around the
United States will be in attendance; and
Whereas, in South Carolina, the annual Tartan Day South
celebration is a four-day event honoring Celtic heritage. The
festival includes an array of different events at many different
venues, featuring unique sports, incredible music, great foods, and
interactive exhibitions. The event is one of a kind in the Midlands;
and
Whereas, Tartan Day South celebrated its seventh year in April
2017 and has seen phenomenal growth since its inception, with
nearly 60,000 patrons attending the events since 2011. In 2017,
total attendance grew to 10,661. Over 1,300 of these visitors were
from 196 different zip codes and twenty-five states outside of
South Carolina. Another 2,340 South Carolina visitors were from
73 different zip codes in South Carolina that are located more than
fifty miles outside of Lexington; and
Whereas, the economic impact for the festival is far reaching, from
restaurants and pubs to hotels and gas stations. Conservative
figures of its economic impact estimate that the festival provides
over $1.34 million dollars on the main event day alone. One
nearby local business states that Tartan Day South has been its
busiest day of the year for the last four years; and
Whereas, the members of the South Carolina Senate are grateful to
Tartan Day South for hosting this annual celebration of Scottish
and Irish Americans and their culture. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the Senate:
That the members of the South Carolina Senate, by this resolution,
recognize and honor Tartan Day South upon the occasion of its
joining in the twentieth anniversary celebration of the National
Capital Tartan Day.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be presented to
John Banks and Tartan Day South.

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