Somewhere between a backyard campout and a night in the forest lies the perfect chance to experience Falls Park on the Reedy River in a whole new way. Urban camping in downtown Greenville is happening this month, and its all for a good cause. 

It starts with the Camp the Falls Festival 2 – 6 p.m. Sept. 8 in Falls Park. The free festival will have something for everyone, including outdoor activities, music, games and more. It will also include a raffle drawing to name the winners who will have the opportunity to camp in designated campsites the following weekend, Sept. 14 – 15. A live auction will be held for one “glampsite,” which will be separate from the other campsites and will feature a bed and lounge area. This is all part of a new fundraiser by the Rotary Club of Greenville, replacing the group’s previous fundraiser, the Roper Mountain Holiday Lights.

“We still wanted it to be very family-oriented,” Camp the Falls co-chair Laura Moore said. “One of our members had the idea of urban camping. It’s unique and different from other fundraisers.”

The Rotary Club is partnering with the City of Greenville to turn the park into a one-night camping extravaganza and raise money for Greenville City Parks and Rotary Charities. Rotary Charities supports Greenville Literacy Association, Rotary grants, “Service Above Self” scholarships and other programs. In addition to the eight raffled sites and the one glamping experience that will be auctioned at the festival, the final campsite will be awarded to the winner of an essay contest at Alexander Elementary School.

“We really want families to take part in the festival, to get outside and celebrate the outdoors,” Moore said.

Camp the Falls Festival is Sept. 8 at Falls Park. Purchase a raffle ticket to have the chance to win of the eight campsites to be raffled off. Tickets are one for $35, two for $55 and three for $80 and are available online at 

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