Michele Stapleton

The SC Strawberry Festival Pageant, a cherished annual event in Fort Mill, is set for a new chapter with the appointment of Michele Stapleton as its co-director.

Danielle Lennon, the current director, expressed excitement about the addition to their leadership team and shared plans for advancing the pageant to new heights.

Danielle A. Lennon

A resident of Fort Mill since 2005, Stapleton brings a wealth of community involvement and a passion for environmental advocacy to her new role. Currently working in Human Resources at Bank of America, she has deep roots in the local community and has been a dedicated attendee of the Strawberry Festival since its inception.

In addition to her professional background, Stapleton has actively participated in community initiatives such as litter and pollution clean-ups, recycling education programs, and volunteer efforts with the Stormwater Department of Fort Mill. She also serves on the Beautification Committee of Keep York County Beautiful, reflecting her commitment to preserving the natural beauty of Fort Mill for future generations.

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Stapleton and her husband Ben are proud parents to three children, ages 13, 8, and 2. She loves watching her daughter cheer and perform in her middle school musicals, her son play competitive soccer and her littlest swim laps around her at the pool.

Stapleton, alongside a team of volunteers and committee members, aims to build on the pageant’s tradition while introducing new ideas and initiatives. Her involvement in local activities, coupled with her experience as a contestant in the Ms. Division of the Strawberry Pageant, positions her well to enhance the event’s appeal and impact.

Diane Grisby, affectionately known as “Mom Diane,” will continue her invaluable contributions during this transition period.

Greg "Ricky Bobby" Rickabaugh has lived in the Fort Mill and York County community since 2006. He has covered the area while a reporter for The Charlotte Observer and a freelance writer for The Fort Mill...

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