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Canadian-American Days set for March 12-20

Myrtle Beach's Canadian-American Days will be held March 12-20 and will be marking its 50th anniversary, according to a news release from the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.

A variety of events and activities will be held, many of them free, including band concerts, the festival celebration expo and the St. Patrick’s Day parade and dance, the release said. Discounts and special offers are also available for area attractions, restaurants, golf and services.

“Can-Am Days celebrates our snowbird visitors, who escape the cold and snow for the moderate climate and wealth of attractions in the Myrtle Beach area,” said Brad Dean, MBACC president and CEO. “Many of these visitors have been traveling to our destination for decades, and we strive to create new memories for each generation with each festival and event.”

The event, which started as Canada Days in 1961, draws as many as 100,000 Canadian visitors and snowbirds to the Grand Strand.

Highlights include:

— 2011 RBC Bank Presents Canadian-American Days Festival South of the Border Concert Series featuring No Strings Attached and The Top Hat Matching Orchestra, Monday, March 14 – Inlet Square Mall, 10125 U.S. 17 Bypass, Murrells Inlet. Free, but tickets are required. Tickets will be available prior to the concert at the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce visitor center at 1200 N. Oak St., Myrtle Beach and at the door. Concert time to be announced.

— 2011 RBC Bank Presents Canadian-American Days Festival South of the Border Concert Series featuring The Burlington Teen Tour Band, Tuesday, March 15 – Inlet Square Mall, 10125 U.S. 17 Bypass, Murrells Inlet. Free. Concert time to be announced.

— 2011 Battle at the Beach presented by RBC Bank, 9 a.m. tee time, 11 a.m. shotgun, Wednesday, March 16 (register by March 9) – Third annual Canada vs. U.S.A. Friendly Competition for the RBC Cup, four-person scramble format. Greens fee, cart fee and prizes included. All tournament profits will be donated to Myrtle Beach Haven. Prestwick Country Club, 1001 Links Road, Myrtle Beach. Fee $135 per person, $450 per foursome. For more information to register, call Brett Calhoun at 843-444-3800.

— 18th annual South Strand Wildlife and History Day, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. March 17 – Enjoy family-friendly entertainment, exhibits and activities. The Taste of Murrells Inlet, a culinary extension of the event, will boast specialties from some of the finest restaurants in the “Seafood Capital of South Carolina.” Huntington Beach State Park, 16148 Ocean Highway, Murrells Inlet. Adults: $5, S.C. senior citizens: $3.25, children 6-15: $3 and children 5 and under: free. For more information visit SouthCarolinaParks.com or call 843-235-8755.

— 2011 RBC Bank Presents Canadian-American Days Festival Expo, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, March 17 – This festival expo celebrates Can-Am Days and features exhibitors, live entertainment by No Strings Attached, The Top Hat Marching Band and The Burlington Teen Tour, as well as drawings for prizes from exhibitors. Coastal Grand Mall, 2000 Coastal Grand Circle, Myrtle Beach. Free and open to the public.

— 2011 RBC Bank Presents the 282nd Army Band, 7 p.m. Friday, March 18 – Surfside United Methodist Church, 800 13th Ave. N., Surfside Beach. Free but tickets are required. Tickets available 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 17 at the 2011 RBC Bank Canadian-American Days Celebration Expo, Coastal Grand mall.

For more information, call 843-626-7444 or visit www.grandstrandevents.com/CanAmDays.

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