Tuesday, April 1, 2014
The Lowcountry Strawberry Festival will take place at Boone Hall Plantation Thursday, April 10 through Sunday, April 13 and this year's event is promising to deliver “Something for everybody.”
More than 30 thrill rides and attractions will be featured at the festival, so if going round and round and upside down is your thing, the festival has you covered.
By popular demand, we are also bringing back some past festival favorites as well as a few new additions. The Little Miss Berry Princess Contest will be back, as will strawberry pie eating contests and strawberry recipe contests. Details and entry forms for these popular contests can be found on the Lowcountry Strawberry Festival page at www.boonehallplantation.com.
There will also be magic shows, juggling, pig races, live musical entertainment, face painting and more.
New additions for this year's event will include a petting zoo presented by Palmetto Ponies and Pets, a brand new jumping pillow, and an exhibit on farming will be presented by the South Carolina Department of Agriculture.
One part of this new exhibit will feature an interactive activity for kids (and adults too if they like) where a soybean can be “planted” inside a cotton ball in a small plastic bag and worn as a necklace with body heat causing the seed to sprout in 24-48 hours. There will also be gardening demonstrations and a costumed strawberry character on hand.
And of course, you will have the opportunity to pick strawberries while available during event daytime hours. U-pick strawberries will be paid for by the pound upon checkout.
The event will be divided into three main areas. The thrill rides will be featured in part of the festival known as “The Main Event.” All the contests, live music, the petting zoo, the new jump pillow, the SCDA exhibit, three-story slide tower, rock climbing wall, playground area and other family-friendly festival activities will be staged in the area known as “Farm Land.” Food will be available for purchase in both areas.
And U-Pick strawberries will be located in an area back on the farm. Tractor rides will be available to take event-goers back and forth to the U-Pick strawberry fields.
Paid admission is required for entrance into the festival. Admission prices for this year's event remain the same as last year in a continued effort to make this event work for the family budget. Paid admission allows entrance into both The Main Event and Farm Land parts of the festival and access to the U-Pick strawberry fields.
The festival kicks off on opening night, Thursday, April 10 from 6-10 p.m. with Student Night. This night was very popular last year, and as a result, we are bringing it back. With paid admission into the event, for this one night only, event-goers can purchase Ride Everything wristbands for the special discounted price of only $10. Although this night is being designated as Student Night, the Ride Everything wristband special will again be available for all age groups.
For the other days and hours of operation, ride wristbands can be purchased at the event for $20 each, which is still a great value for unlimited riding on all featured rides ($75 value).
However, individual tickets will also be sold at the event if the choice is to pay for rides individually instead of purchasing a wristband. The number of tickets required for each ride will vary. These tickets will be $1 each.
Ride wristbands and individual tickets can be purchased at numerous ticket booths once inside the event. Advance admission tickets can be purchased online at www.boonehallplantation.com. Event-goers can save time and avoid ticket lines by purchasing admission tickets in advance online and receive immediate entrance into the event with little or no waiting.
The festival is being presented in cooperation with the South Carolina Department of Agriculture's Certified S.C. Grown program and the Town of Mount Pleasant and sponsored by Coke and Palmetto RV.
Additionally, plans are underway to support East Cooper Meals On Wheels with a food drive at the festival and a contribution will be made to their operation from the proceeds for this event.
Visit the Lowcountry Strawberry Festival page at www.boonehallplantation.com.