The top tourism event in the state of South Carolina is right in our backyard.
As I blogged about recently, our SC vacation rentals are part of a huge $22.6 billion industry in the state. The powers-that-be announced the news at a recent statewide tourism conference in Columbia.
The numbers show tourism is big business, indeed. By staying in here, you and a large group of your friends and family can experience one of the best destinations anywhere – Charleston. Our vacation homes are oceanfront or close to it, so you can also have the experience of a proper beach vacation while you’re at it.
Also coming out of that same conference: the top tourism event/initiative in the entire state of South Carolina is also located right here.
They tapped the Cooper River Bridge Run as big winner of the conference, taking home the Governor’s Cup for the top tourism event of the year. You can read more from the Post & Courier.
CRBR: the state’s top tourist event
The Cooper River Bridge Run has been a favorite for decades. It draws people from across the planet to run across one of Charleston’s great rivers. It has become the third-largest 10K in the United States.
It’s seen a lot of growth in its lifespan. The first year saw 7,400 finishers. 2006 saw a whopping 33,700 folks finishing the run/walk.
This year marks the 42nd running of the race, which will take place Saturday, April 6th. It’s traditionally one of the most popular weekends for tourists in the Charleston and Isle of Palms area. One of our homes makes a great home base for race weekend, with gourmet kitchens in which to carb up, stretches of beach to warm up on, and expansive decks and pools to relax after the race.
If you are interested in a that weekend, do call us at EP as soon as possible. That weekend has several other events going on as well. Summerville’s three-day Flowertown Festival will draw a lot of folks.
Most folks come “from off” to this gigantic top tourism event
The Cooper River Bridge Run is popular with locals. But get this: 60% of participants come from out of town for the event. The CRBR and all its ancillary events have an annual economic impact of around $30 million.
You still have time to register online, although you have missed the early registration discounts. The official CRBR website has all the details.
This year, there are medals for all finishers. There’s also a nifty Active Experience app which allows you to track race participants, among several other nifty features.
So get those running shoes and muscles ready for the top tourism event in South Carolina.
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Technically this weekend is the beginning of fall, but there’s a very summer-like festival going on this weekend, and it celebrates all things sea & sand. And the weather looks to be just right for such a beach-themed event.
It’s the 2018 incarnation of one of Folly’s biggest fests – the Sea & Sand Festival. It’s traditionally been held in the spring. They’ve switched things up this time to celebrate the end of the summer season/peak time. This time around, it’s going on tonight through Sunday, September 21-23rd.
They describe it as being the most family-friendly of all the Folly events, perfect for all ages. It’s been entertaining families for quite some time now. 28 years, to be exact. As usual, it looks to be a lot of Folly fun.
It kicks off tonight with the Miss Sea & Sand Fest Pageant, open to females 4 years and up and males 7 years and under. Judging is based on evening wear, hobbies, awards, volunteer activities and love for Folly Beach. It takes place at Folly River Park starting at 7:00 p.m. Here are the categories:
- 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.
Saturday is the main event, the big Street Festival on Center Street from 10:00 a.m. till 4:00 p.m. Get set for approximately 70 food, art and craft vendors, silent auction, live music, plenty of food, bungee trampoline, jump castles, face painting, carnival games, etc. There are several special sections for the kids, including inflatables, arts & crafts and Sea & Sand Side Show Kids Area.
There will be live music all day, on two different stages. Performers include headliner Occasional Milkshake (with Mark Bryan of Hootie and the Blowfish, Hank Futch from the Blue Dogs, and Cravin’ Melon’s Gary Greene). Other acts are Wylder Funk Band, Ros Bonghi (reggae), and The Secrets (funk). It all sounds very danceable.
Sea & Sand Sunday Funday
Sunday has a couple fun events. First is the Volleyball Competition kicking off at 9 a.m. Then at 1:00 it’s the Sandcastle Competition. They take place on the beach in front of The Tides, where they’ll also have live music during and after the competition.
It’s always for a good cause, benefiting Folly Beach Parks and Rec. If you are in one of our Isle of Palms vacation rentals, it’s worth the drive to check it out. Experience firsthand how the Folly vibe is a bit different from the one on the IOP. On the way there, you can also stop along the way in downtown Charleston.
2019 Bridge Run has officially been postered
Time to mark your calendars for one of the biggest weekends of the year. The 2019 Cooper River Bridge Run will be taking place Saturday, April 6th.
Word to the wise: if you are planning to run or walk the CRBR, better make plans early. It’s one of the busiest times of the year.
This will be the 42nd running of the race, which is the third largest 10K in the United States.
The official Bridge Run poster has been chosen. It’s a colorful and cheerful image with Impressionistic roots, by artist and local D. Scott Stevenson. He has quite an impressive resume, having done design work for L.L. Bean, REI, Major League Baseball, UCLA and Princeton. He has been involved in exhibits at the Smithsonian, Air & Space Museum, Metropolitan Opera, and the National Zoo & Aquarium. Here’s more on the unveiling.
Here’s the official website, where you can get all the details and register for the race.
So check out Sea & Sand, and it’s not too early to get set for the 2019 Bridge Run. Call us soon if you’d like to book a place at the beach.
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