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Spring is in the air for the front porch of the Lowcountry

Walterboro, S.C. – The City of Walterboro, known for its historic charm and abundant natural resources, is welcoming the spring season with a full line-up of celebrated events sure to entice both residents and visitors to take in all that the city, known as the “front porch of the Lowcountry,” has to offer.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Walterboro Wings-n-Wheels

On Saturday, April 12, Walterboro will showcase over one hundred antique aircraft and show cars at the sixth annual Wings n’ Wheels. 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. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Walterboro Lowcountry Regional Airport, located at 537 Aviation Way, Walterboro, S.C. 29488. Donations of $10 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 843-549-2549843-549-2549.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Guided Walking Tour by Dr. Eran Kilpatrick at the Walterboro Wildlife Sanctuary

Dr. Eran Kilpatrick, a professor of biology at USC Salkehatchie, will lead a walking tour through the Walterboro Wildlife Sanctuary on Saturday, April 19. 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 843-538-4353843-538-4353, or visit www.walterborosc.org.

Friday, April 25, and Saturday, April 26, 2014

Colleton County Rice Festival and 5K Rice Run

Held in downtown Walterboro, the annual Colleton County Rice Festival and 5K Rice Run promises fun for the entire family, featuring arts and crafts, food, fireworks, music, and a dog show. In honor of the festival, the annual Rice Festival Parade will be held on Saturday, April 26, at 11 a.m., while the annual 5K run and walk will begin earlier that morning at 8 a.m. at the old post office on Washington Street. The Mile Fun Run will begin at the same location at 9 a.m. An awards celebration will follow, with cash prizes for both a male and female finisher. For more information, visit www.ricefestival.org.

Wednesday, April 30

Downtown Walterboro Criterium International Bicycle Race and Block Party

Come late April, the City of Walterboro will host the 12th annual Downtown Walterboro Criterium, an international bicycling competition as part of the USA Crits Speed Week. Visitors are invited to this free event to watch some of the best cyclists in the world race through the streets of downtown Walterboro. The race will take place on Wednesday, April 30, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. There will also be a children’s race. For additional information, visit www.walterborosc.org, or call the Welcome Center at 843-538-4353843-538-4353.

Friday, May 16, and Saturday, May 17, 2014

8th Annual Walterboro Antiques, History & Arts Festival

May brings the 8th annual Walterboro Antiques, History & Arts Festival, which will be held Friday, May 16, and Saturday, May 17. The festival will kick off Friday night at 6 p.m. with “The Rockin Pig,” a full barbeque dinner and auction. Seventy-four rocking chairs, decorated by local businesses, organizations, and schools, will be on display for both a live and silent auction. The dinner, which features barbeque, beer, and wine, is $15 per person. On Saturday, antique vendors will be on site at Washington Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the Colleton County Museum and Farmers Market will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. An antique tractor parade will be held on Washington Street at 11 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. There will also be a juried art show and sale running from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the same day on the grounds of the South Carolina Artisans Center, located at 318 Wichman Street. More information is available at www.scartisanscenter.com or by calling 843-549-0011843-549-0011.

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 843-549-2545843-549-2545 or visit www.walterborosc.org.

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