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  • Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Get ready for some ragin’ Cajun fun in Charleston. The 22nd annual Lowcountry Cajun Festival heats up James Island County Park on Sunday, April 7 from noon to 6 p.m. Bringing Louisiana living to the Lowcountry, Cajun Fest is a full-day of Zydeco music, Cajun and Creole foods, children’s activities and lots of entertainment straight from the bayou.

Full-bellied fun is what this festival is all about as local and regional chefs cook up a variety of mouth-watering foods. Savor the tastes of a variety of Cajun and Creole dishes like jambalaya, alligator, etouffe, andouille sausage and of course, crawfish, crawfish and more crawfish. Also enjoy Lowcountry favorites like seafood and Southern barbecue. Those who prefer a tamer menu will find up ample portions of festival foods like hot dogs, sno cones, funnel cakes and more.

People who love crawfish will discover paradise at the Lowcountry Cajun Festival. Visitors travel from near and far for huge servings of fresh, steaming crawfish, undoubtedly the festival’s most popular food item. And crawfish-eating connoisseurs will have the chance to show off their talent at the popular annual crawfish eating contest, which begins at 2:30 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to sign up for the contest when they arrive at the festival.

Non-stop Zydeco music performed live throughout the day will keep your toes tappin’. Featured performers will be “Swamp Pop Princess” Shelly Waters, who will take the stage at 1 p.m.; Unknown Tongues, who will perform at 2:15 and 4:45 p.m.; and Sidewalk Zydeco, who will appear on stage at 3:30 p.m. Other festivities include a crafts market, mechanical rides, inflatables and games for kids. Check www.ccprc.com/cajun for a current entertainment schedule.

The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission continues to work with the South Carolina Green Fair in support of conservation efforts to provide recycling and composting stations on site for all waste. In 2012, 95 percent of the waste produced at the Lowcountry Cajun Festival was diverted from landfills.

Admission to the Lowcountry Cajun Festival is $10. The event is free for ages 12 and under with paying adult. Current Gold Pass holders are also admitted free. Gold Passes will not be sold on site the day of the festival. Food vendors operate on a ticket basis. No coolers or outside alcohol permitted. Pets are not permitted to this event.

James Island County Park is located at 871 Riverland Drive. This event is brought to you by Piggly Wiggly, Southern Eagle Distributing, and your Charleston County Parks. For more information, call 795-4386 or visit www.ccprc.com/cajun.

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