Get out to the county parks in March
The Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission has several special events planned for the month of March. The schedule is as follows:
The Mullet Haul Trail Run – 5 and 10-mile Race
Saturday, March 2, 10 a.m.
Mullet Hall Equestrian Center on Johns Island
Get ready to haul your mullet through Johns Island at the 3rd annual Mullet Haul! This trail run at scenic Mullet Hall Equestrian Center on Johns Island encourages runners to sport either real or imitation mullet hairstyles during their participation in the race. The race will feature both a 5- and 10-mile off-road run on Saturday, March 2. Participants are not required to have a mullet, but a prize will be awarded for the best mullet in the race. Both the 5- and 10-mile races begin at 10 a.m. Following the races, awards will be presented and participants may take part in a post-race party featuring live music and beverages. Online registration is open now through March 1. Late registration and packet pickup will be available on race day from 8 – 9:30 a.m. Fees to participate in the 5-mile run portion of the event are $34 or $28 for residents of Charleston County. Fees to run the 10-mile leg are $44 or $36 for residents of Charleston County. The Mullet Haul is for ages 10 and older, and participants ages 10-15 must be accompanied by an adult; however, adult chaperones do not need to participate. Dogs and strollers are not allowed at this event. To register, visit www.ccprc.com.
Palmetto Pump & USA Climbing Competition
Saturday, March 16, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The Climbing Wall at James Island County Park
Come out to the Climbing Wall at James Island County Park on Saturday, March 16 to witness a spectacular competition of strength, balance and endurance from some of the region’s best climbers at the Palmetto Pump & USA Climbing Competition! The Climbing Wall at James Island County Park is a 50-foot tall structure featuring more than 4,500 square feet of climbing space, open for all ages and abilities. Any competitor is welcome to register; no competition experience is necessary. Space is limited so register early and save. Registration fees: $40 before March 4; $45 on or after March 4. Spectators are free with park admission ($1 per person). To register to compete, visit www.ccprc.com or call 843-795-4386.
Customer Appreciation Day
Sunday, March 24
Charleston County Parks
Come enjoy all the play with none of the pay during Customer Appreciation Day at Charleston County Parks. On Sunday, March 24, Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission says “thank you” by offering free gate admission to Ravenel Caw Caw Interpretive Center, North Charleston Wannamaker, Mount Pleasant Palmetto Islands and James Island County Parks. Plus, delight in free parking at Kiawah Beachwalker Park and Isle of Palms County Park, as well as the Folly Beach Edwin S. Taylor Fishing Pier, where fishing is also free for the day! The Mount Pleasant Pier will also offer complimentary fishing on March 24, but parking fees still apply. Visit ccprc.com for details on free events and giveaways at each park.
Lowcountry Cajun Festival
Sunday, April 7, 12-6 p.m.
James Island County Park
Bringing Louisiana to the Lowcountry, Cajun Fest is a full-day of foot-stompin’ Zydeco music, Cajun and Creole foods, children’s activities and all around ragin’ Cajun entertainment. Enjoy live music throughout the day by Zydeco acts “Swamp Pop” Shelly Waters, Unknown Tongues, and Sidewalk Zydeco. Don’t forget to sign up for the 2:30 p.m. crawfish eating contest! Food and beverages will be available for purchase. No coolers, outside beverages, or pets permitted. Admission: $10 for adults (13 and up); free for children 12 and under and Gold Pass holders.