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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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
FREE PARKING for all.
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/