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Front porch of the Lowcountry all abloom with springtime events

Walterboro, S.C. – The City of Walterboro, known for its historic charm and abundant natural resources, is ready to “rock” with a blaze of celebrated springtime events designed to entice residents and visitors to get out, pull up a seat, and come take in all that the city, known as the “front porch of the Lowcountry,” has in store for spring.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

On Saturday, March 9, USC Salkehatchie Biology Professor Kilpatrick will lead an early spring walking tour through the Walterboro Wildlife Sanctuary. This is a free event starting at 9 a.m. near the Duck Pond at the De Treville Street entrance, 399 De Treville Street. For more information, call the Walterboro Welcome Center at 843-538-4353, or visit www.walterborosc.org.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Early April brings the fifth annual Walterboro Wings n’ Wheels, which will showcase of over one hundred antique aircraft and show cars. Pilots and owners will be on hand to talk. There will also be helicopter rides and stunts and aerobatics at this fun filled event geared toward the whole family. Scheduled for Saturday, April 6, the event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Walterboro Lowcountry Regional Airport, located at 537 Aviation Way, Walterboro, S.C. 29488. Donations of $5 per car will be accepted, with donations benefiting the Wounded Warrior Fund. Additional information may be found at www.wings-n-wheels.org, or call Roger at 843-549-2549

Saturday, April 20, 2013

With warmer weather in bloom, the Friends of the Great Swamp Sanctuary will entice nature enthusiasts to get outside for a walking tour through the Walterboro Wildlife Sanctuary, led by Master Gardener Genia Floyd. This is a free event and will be held on Saturday, April 20, at 9 a.m., beginning at the 399 De Treville Street entrance. Those seeking additional information should contact the Welcome Center at 843-538-4353, or visit www.walterborosc.org.

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, April 26, 27, and 28, 2013

Late April brings the annual Colleton County Rice Festival and 5K Rice Run.  Held in downtown Walterboro, this three-day event will feature arts and crafts, food, fireworks, music and a dog show. It promises fun for the entire family. In honor of the festival, the annual Rice Festival Parade will be held on Saturday, April 27, at 11 a.m. Another signature event includes the 5K run and 5K walk, which begin at 8 a.m. that Saturday at the old post office on Washington Street. The Mile Fun Run will begin at the same location at 9 a.m. Cash prizes will be awarded to both a male and female finisher at an awards celebration to follow. For more information, visit www.scfestival-rice.com.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Come May, the City of Walterboro will host the 11th annual Downtown Walterboro Criterium, an international bicycling competition as part of the USA Crits Speed Week. This is a free event, and visitors are invited to watch some of the best cyclists in the world race through the streets of downtown Walterboro. The race will take place on Wednesday, May 1, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. There will also be a children’s race, and special needs bikes will be awarded through the Little Red Dog Foundation and the Walterboro Fire Department. For additional information, visit www.walterborosc.org, or call the Welcome Center at 843-538-4353.

Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 18, 2013

The 7th annual Walterboro Antiques, History & Arts Festival is planned for May 17 and May 18. To kick things off, a Jeans and Jewels barbeque will be held on Friday, May 17, from 6-8 p.m. at the Colleton Museum and Farmers Market. Tickets for the barbeque cost $15.00 per person. Meanwhile, antique vendors will be on site both Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Washington and Lucas Streets. There will be antique appraisals, carriage tours through the historic district, and an antique tractor show. There will also be an antique tractor parade on Saturday at both 11 a.m. and at 2 p.m.

Additionally, a Folk Art Celebration will be held that Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the South Carolina Artisans Center, located at 318 Wichman Street, while a S.C. Watermedia Society Show will be going on at the Colleton Museum, located at 506 E. Washington Street from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and from 12 to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

The Lowcountry Juried Art Exhibition also opens the same weekend on Friday, May 17. This free event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. An awards reception will follow at 6 p.m. Visit www.scartisanscenter.com, or call 843-549-0011 for more information.

Established in 1826, the City of Walterboro is hailed as the “front porch of the Lowcountry,” with its historic charm, plentiful natural resources and warm Southern hospitality. The area around the city, rich with forests and vast quantities of water, is also known as the gateway to the ACE Basin, one of the largest undeveloped estuaries on the East Coast. Centrally located between Charleston, Savannah, Hilton Head, and Columbia, the city is home to many historic buildings, antique stores, the Great Swamp Sanctuary and the S.C. Artisans Center, designated by the state’s legislature as the “Official South Carolina Folk Art and Craft Center.” In addition, the city is home to the largest general aviation airport in the state. Walterboro serves as the economic heart of Colleton County and maintains a small-town Americana atmosphere. For more information, call 843-549-2545 or visit www.walterborosc.org.





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