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Lowcountry Strawberry Festival begins April 18

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MOUNT PLEASANT, SC -

A ribbon cutting ceremony and press preview for the 16th annual Lowcountry Strawberry Festival at Boone Hall Plantation will be held Thursday April 18th at 3PM. South Carolina Dept. Of Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers, representatives from the Town Of Mt. Pleasant, and Boone Hall owner Willie McRae will be doing the honors at the event staging area located 1/2 mile north of Long Point Rd. on Hwy. 17 in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.

After the ribbon cutting and prior to the event opening to the public at 6PM, members of the media are invited to preview this year's event which will feature over 30 attractions and thrill rides for all ages. A limited number of rides will be in operation specifically for media to ride on, shoot video, and to take photos.

To confirm attendance and coverage of this event, please notify Boone Hall Director of Marketing Rick Benthall at Boone Hall Plantation by replying to this email or call his cell at 843-330-9979.

View Photos for the 2013 Lowcountry Strawberry Festival

Shrieks of excitement coming from pulsing neon lights on things that go round and round and upside down into the night are usually some of the sights and sounds of fall as county fairs and festivals are in full swing. But they are also on the way this spring...to the Lowcountry Strawberry Festival at Boone Hall Plantation...and for the first time ever at this event...in PRIME TIME.

The festival has always been a spring favorite for families who enjoy the combination of these delightful berries and wholesome fun on the farm. That has always been the main focus of this event and will always be.

But as this event continues to grow, Boone Hall has continued to expand and improve what is presented at the festival in an effort to engage more people in this annual celebration of one of the signature crops grown on the plantation.

As a result, the festival for 2013 has been expanded to be presented over four days including being open at night for the first time in addition to the normal daytime schedule.

The 2013 Lowcountry Strawberry Festival will run from Thursday April 18th through Sunday April 21st and will feature over 30 attractions of different kinds and sizes for all ages. Spectacular rides geared for the thrill seeker crowd will be part of the mix as well as a number of fun rides for families and children.

The event will also feature pig races, magic shows, vendors, a variety of festival type foods, and of course, U-Picking of strawberries during event daytime hours. The festival is being presented in cooperation with the South Carolina Dept. Of Agriculture's Certified SC Grown program and the town of Mt. Pleasant.


Admission prices have been reduced from prior years in an effort to make this event work for the family budget.

$5 - ages 12 and up
$3 - ages 3-11
Ages 2 and under are admitted FREE with accompanying adult.


The dates and hours for this year's festival are as follows:

Opening Night Thursday April 18th - 6pm-11pm - Student Night
Friday      April 19th -  4pm-Midnight
Saturday April 20th - 10am-Midnight
Sunday April 21st   -  Noon-7pm


The festival kicks off on Opening Night Thursday April 18th from 6pm-11pm with student night. Ride Absolutely Everything Wrist Bands will be specially priced for at only $10 for this one night only. Although this night is being designated as Student Night, the ride wrist band special will be available for  all age groups.

Save $5 per ride wrist band on advance online purchases for use on:
Friday April 19 - Saturday April 20 - Sunday April 21
$15 in advance online - $20 at the gate  

These can be used on any ONE of the three days the purchaser chooses. The wrist bands are not valid for multiple days.

A Ride Everything Wrist Band is just that and allows event goers to ride absolutely every ride at the event for one price and most likely is the best deal for event goers who plan to ride multiple rides.

Individual tickets will also be sold at the event if the choice is to pay for the rides individually instead purchasing a wrist band. The number of tickets required for each ride will vary. These tickets will be $1 each.   

Event goers can buy admission and ride wrist bands in advance online and a special Q & A section answers questions at boonehallplantation.com

There will be an Express Ticket Line for online purchasers that will provide faster service to receive wrist bands and admission into the event.

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