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Rock Hill unveils new attractions

Courtesy Rock Hill/York County CVB

Are you ready to take your faith to the great outdoors? That’s what’s happening in August when the Going On Faith Conference heads to one of America’s hottest new outdoor recreation destinations: Rock Hill and York County, South Carolina.

“I think we’ve done a pretty good job over the past few years of establishing the fact that faith can be fun, and we’ll take that to the next level in Rock Hill,” said Going On Faith Conference CEO Joe Cappuzzello. “In Joplin, Missouri, two years ago, we had an evening of fun and fellowship at the Route 66 Carousel Park that no one has forgotten, and last year we had an evening under the stars at Richmond’s Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden that was so much outdoor fun of an entirely different type. In Rock Hill and York County, South Carolina, we’re going where zip lines, swing rides and bike trails reign supreme.”

The Going On Faith Conference takes place Aug. 21-23. Most delegates who fly in will fly to Charlotte, North Carolina, about an hour north. As past attendees know, the schedule is packed with fun and fellowship, starting with an ice cream social the day of registration. Evening events, seminars, marketplace appointments and lots of networking time make for a busy but enjoyable three days.

Among the new things to do in the area for 2012 is the Giordana Velodrome, a cycling venue that is part of a collection of recreational amenities now under construction at the Rock Hill Outdoor Center. This huge complex will comprise 250 acres when completed. The same month that Going On Faith is there, Rock Hill and the Velodrome will host the USA Cycling International Omnium Track National Championship. This and other cycling features will all combine to take advantage of wonderful views of the Catawba River, one of the outdoor highlights of Rock Hill and York County.

Carowinds, an iconic theme park in the region, is adding a new ride this year: Windseeker. This 30-story swing ride is designed to give riders the sensation of flying.

Delegates who attended Going On Faith’s 2011 conference in Richmond, Virginia, will remember NarroWay Productions and the entertainment it provided during the closing lunch. The faith-based theater organization is introducing a new show this year that faith-based groups should enjoy.

“Wounded Warrior” premieres in May and tells an all-encompassing story of tragedy and triumph that will have groups laughing and tearfully reflecting on a family’s experiences as they learn the lessons of the great warrior Geronimo’s life.

And for you zip liners out there, the Camp Canaan Zip Line Canopy Tour opened in 2011 and gives thrill-seekers a three-hour adventure on nine zip lines, two rope bridges and three short nature trails. And zip liners cross the Catawba River as part of this exhilarating experience.
See you in Rock Hill and York County.

Faith-based travel planners may register for the 2012 Going On Faith Conference by visiting or by calling Teresa Burton at 330-337-1027.