A Lowcountry Fair with Historical Flair

The Lowcountry Fair has been postponed until 2021. We will update this post when the date is chosen.

A fun day of local history, sweet animals, artisan vendors, good food & horse races!

It’s time again for A Lowcountry Fair with Historical Flair. This event will showcase 500 years of Beaufort County living history on the grounds of the Coastal Discovery Museum. Saturday, March 28th will be packed with interesting exhibits, horses, food and artisan booths.

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Reenactors demonstrate their skills at last year’s Historical Fair. Photo by Eat, Stay, Play Beaufort

The activities are geared to highlight aspects of our Lowcountry heritage. History reenactments will take place all day, complete with weapons demonstrations. You can get up close and personal with the marsh tacky horses during the meet & greet. Then stick around to watch the horse competitions. Bands will be performing onstage and local artisans will be selling wares.

Last year’s meet & greet with the Marsh Tacky was great fun.
Photo by Carmen Pinckney.

The Travelling Hunley exhibit will be on site during the day, as well as Lowcountry animal programs. A variety of local food and beer vendors will be open throughout the day.

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The Carolina Marsh Tacky Association proudly shows off their horses. Photo by Eat, Stay, Play Beaufort.

The highlight of the day will be the Marsh Tacky horse races, with the Carolina Marsh Tacky Association. These races will thrill spectators. The Marsh Tacky is the SC state horse. They are very friendly and agile. This well protected breed first came to our shores on 16th century Spanish ships. These horses will be demonstrating their skills during the optical course fun show!

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Lowcountry reenactors love to tell stories and talk with the crowds at the Lowcountry Fair. Photo by Sandy Dimke.

The Living History Showcase will include early settlers through the twentieth century, showing family life and living conditions. Spectators will also see how people lived during times of war, sacrifice, and change, from 16th century colonial times when Santa Elena was founded by the Spanish, up to WWII. Reenactors will be dressed in period costume and tell stories of days-gone-by. They will demonstrate weapons and lead educational activities.

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The Marsh Tacky is South Carolina’s state horse.
Photo by Island News.

Local concessions will be available throughout the day. A wide variety of food vendors will showcase their Lowcountry best. Hot lunches, special treats and local brews will be served up for hungry fairgoers! Food vendors include Fire & Rice Paella, Melly Mel’s, Taco Brown, Smoking Gringo’s BBQ, Hudson’s Seafood, Street Meat, NY City Pizza, Krystyna’s Polish Food, Jack Frost Ice Cream and Craft Beer Tastings with Salt Marsh Brewing Company.

Lowcountry Fair with Historical Flair
Photo by Sandy Dimke

Stroll the grounds and shop the artisan’s booths as local music plays in the background. Discover the many local organizations that will be present at the fair. Talk with the National Park Service and learn about the Junior Ranger Program. Visit with the Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage, Port Royal Sound Foundation and the Mitchelville Project.

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The trails at Coastal Discovery Museum are beautiful. Photo from Coastal Discovery Museum website.

While there, take advantage of the nature trails. These walking paths wind through Honey Horn Plantation, the property that serves as today’s Coastal Discovery Museum. Look for alligators, turtles and wading birds as you enjoy the waterfront boardwalk, covered in live oak trees. Stroll through the butterfly garden and look for different stages of their life cycle. Tour the museum and inquire about ongoing activities and demonstrations.

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Last year’s petting zoo was a hit with both adults and children! Photo by Carmen Pinckney.

The Lowcountry Fair with Historical Flair is a great way to welcome spring and warmer weather. It’s the perfect opportunity to spend a beautiful day with friends and family.

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Photo by Eat, Stay, Play Beaufort.

“The Lowcountry Fair is a stand-out event for the community to experience local heritage mixed in with plenty of good fun, food and friendship!” said Megan Morris, executive director of the Santa Elena Foundation. “This furthers county-wide efforts to highlight Beaufort’s unique history and collaborate with others in the region to commemorate significant moments and understand our past.”

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Marsh Tacky race photo by the St. Elena Foundation.

TICKETS are available online https://santa-elena.org/lowcountry-fair-2020/  and at the gate. All tickets are non-refundable, this is a shine-only event.
ADVANCE PURCHASE (until March 20) General Admission $12, Children 7-17 $5, Families (2 adults, 2+ kids) $35.
AT THE GATE (March 28) General Admission $15, Children 7-17 $5, Families (2 adults, 2+ kids) $40

The Beaufort Heritage Tourism Corporation, Santa Elena Foundation and Coastal Discovery Museum are collaborating to bring this event to the Lowcountry. For more information on calendar events in the SC Lowcountry, visit https://southcarolinalowcountry.com/events-calendar/