Three more fun events are happening this weekend, including a couple festivals and the big annual Beach Sweep.
Sea & Sand Festival on Folly
First up, it’s the longest running festival on Folly Beach. This weekend is the 29th annual Sea & Sand Festival, starting tonight and running through Sunday.
There’s a whole slate of events worth checking out, and they are all considered family-friendly. It used to take place in the spring, but a couple years ago they switched it to the fall, which has proven to be a popular move. The temps this weekend are gorgeous.
It kicks off tonight (Friday, September 20th) at 7:00 p.m. with the Miss Sea & Sand Fest Pageant at Folly River Park.
Categories include: Tiny Miss (ages 4-5), Little Miss (6-9), Junior Teen (10-13), Teen (14-17), Junior Miss (18-20), Miss (21-25), Miss (26+, single), Misses (any age, married) and a Little Mister category for males 7 and under; additional awards – Donnie E. Wilkinson Spirit Award and Overall Miss Photogenic Award. Judges choose based on evening wear, volunteer activities, awards, hobbies and love for Folly Beach.
Saturday is a massive street fair from 10:00 a.m. till 4:00 p.m. on Center Street. Get set for 75 arts & craft and fashion vendors, plenty of food and a slew of kids’ activities. There will be live music throughout by Average Savages, Bender Funk, Fancy Kool Aide, as well as the Wylder Funk Band. They’re expecting around 9,000 people are have taken a lot of steps to insure a safe event. Read more about that here.
Sunday is the Sandcastle Competition at 9:00 a.m. and Beach Volleyball Championship at 10:00 a.m. Both take place in from of the Tides at 1 Center Street on Folly.
Check out the Sea & Sand page for more info.
Sweet Tea Festival in Summerville
It’s time once again to celebrate a staple of southern cuisine, sweet tea.
Nearby Summerville is the self-proclaimed capital and birthplace of sweet tea. Well, tomorrow they’re cranking up the party with the 8th annual Sweet Tea Festival, going on from 3:00 – 9:00 p.m. in downtown Summerville.
Get ready for:
- Sweet tea competition, with over 25 sweet tea tasting stations; vote for your favorite!
- Antiques, arts & craft vendors galore;
- Live music;
- Plenty of food trucks & vendors;
- Free admission.
Here’s more info.
The Big Beach Sweep
Beach litter and ocean pollution is a big problem, as I covered in this blog and this one. Local groups on the Isle of Palms recently formed to conduct regular weekly and monthly beach cleanups. This IOP Cleanup Crew has its roots in a statewide annual event known as the Beach Sweep.
In 1988, the Sea Grant Consortium created a statewide event called the Beach Sweep River Sweep South Carolina, to combat the problem of litter on the beaches and waterways.
It’s taken place every year since, on the third Saturday of September, and the next one is coming up this Saturday, September 21st, from 9:00 a.m. till noon. This will be the 31st Annual Beach Sweep.
The Sweep is part of the International Coastal Cleanup, coordinated by the Ocean Conservancy. They tally data on just what is discovered and removed, in an effort to prevent pollution in the first place.
It’s the largest one-day volunteer cleanup of its kind. It’s massive – not to mention fun, important, and eye-opening. Organized by the Sea Grant Consortium in cooperation with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, the goal is to remove as much aquatic debris from beaches, rivers, lakes, marshes, and swamps as possible.
So check out some Sea & Sand, sweet sea and take part in a mega beach sweep before tomorrow’s Turtle Trek on the IOP. And when you are looking for great Isle of Palms vacation rentals, be sure to call EP.
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