Anyone who thought the menu of local festivals and special events hit overdrive last weekend might want to keep that pedal to the metal for this weekend and early next week.
All three counties along the coast have major events. They range from the 33rd annual N.C. Oyster Festival on Saturday and Sunday in Ocean Isle Beach, to the 30th annual “Taste of the Town” on Tuesday at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, benefiting St. Andrew Catholic School in Myrtle Beach.
The two big events in Georgetown County happen Saturday: the 24th annual Wooden Boat Show, on Front Street in downtown Georgetown, and a “Palmetto Campout” overnighter at Huntington Beach State Park, for new and beginning campers.
Sally Swineford, a coordinator of the boat show, which benefits the Harbor Historical Association and its S.C. Maritime Museum in Georgetown, said more than 100 vessels will be on display, and photos of the participants are posted with full festivalwide details at http://woodenboatshow.com.
For visitors’ ease in accessing the boat show, free shuttle bus routes will run from the Hampton and Quality inns, on U.S. 17 on the northeast end of the city, and East Bay Park, a mile east of downtown, all leading to Front and Screven streets for drop off and return, Swineford said.
Amazed at the cleanup since the fire that claimed a block of historic downtown buildings on Sept. 25, Swineford said businesses and the community pitched in for a mammoth relief effort and that the blaze did not interrupt plans for boat show one bit. For anyone who might have feared cancellation of the boat show, she asked, amid all the town teamwork, “How could they think that?”
Mike Walker, an interpretive ranger at Huntington Beach State Park, said thanks to a grant from the International Paper Foundation, giving the park more camping equipment to lend participants for such campouts, this originally annual event will happen twice a year, in fall and spring.
He said the campout this weekend can accommodate as many as 100 people.
“It’s quite a deal,” Walker said of its $25 price per family, “ because that includes the kayaking, crabbing and all the different programs with this ... environmental education program.”
Also, individuals who were interested in Myrtle Beach State Park’s inaugural “Camping Ex-PIER-ience,” a fishing pier overnight campout on Saturday with the sky as the ceiling, will have to wait for a star to fall for another shot at this event. All 25 slots were filled as of last week.
• ‘CRUISIN’ THE BEACH’ CAR SHOW
• ANNUAL ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR AND BAKE SAKE
’THE ZOMBIE ZONE: WILL YOU SURVIVE THE WALKING DEAD?’
• ‘FRIGHT NIGHTS ON OCEAN BOO-LEVARD’
• MYRTLE BEACH MINI MARATHON WEEKEND
• 34TH ANNUAL LORIS BOG-OFF FESTIVAL
• SECOND ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL
• FIFTH ANNUAL FAMILY FUN FEST
• FOURTH ANNUAL MYRTLE BEACH WINE FEST
• ISLAND FEVER MUSIC FEST
• ‘PINKTOBER’ ALL-NIGHT MUSIC FESTIVAL
• 30TH ANNUAL ‘TASTE OF THE TOWN’
• ‘HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR’
• 11TH ANNUAL ‘CONWAY GHOST WALK: SPIRITS OF THE LOWCOUNTRY’
• ‘PALMETTO CAMPOUT’
• 24TH ANNUAL GEORGETOWN WOODEN BOAT SHOW
• FALL FESTIVAL AND PUMPKIN PATCH
Brunswick County/Wilmington area
• ANNUAL ‘HAUNTED TRAIL’
• ‘PUMPKIN DAY’
• 13TH ANNUAL FALL EXHIBITION AND SALE
• 33RD ANNUAL N.C. OYSTER FESTIVAL
• 12TH ANNUAL BENEFIT GALA FOR CHILDREN/’TASTE OF BRUNSWICK COUNTY’
• ‘TRICK OR TREAT UNDER THE SEA’
Contact STEVE PALISIN at 444-1764. Benefiting | Children’s Hospital of South Carolina Host | Myrtle Beach Car Club (742-9802) When | 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday Where | Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach How much | $40 car entry; free for spectators Information | 423-623-4644, 423-465-5844 or www.cruisinthebeach.com When | 6-8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday Where | Jensen’s Retirement Community Magnolia Clubhouse, on Moonshadow Lane in Garden City Beach, accessible from U.S. 17 Business, across from Kroger, or Victory Lane off Garden City Connector, off U.S. 17 Bypass How much | Free Includes | Late Bloomers Garden Club Plant Sale, benefiting charity (357-7284) Information | 651-1334 What | Haunted trail and carnival By | Socastee High School Performing Ar