Festival with odd name comes out of shell in SC

ALLENDALE, S.C. (AP) - It may be the slowest festival in South Carolina, but there's little doubt it has the most interesting name.

Cooterfest gets under way beginning on Friday in Allendale. Cooter is another name for turtles.

The highlight of the event is Saturday's annual Carolina Cooter race. The fastest turtle claims a $1,000 top prize.

There's also entertainment and an assortment of food, The one exception is no turtle meat is served.

The festival closes with a fireworks display Saturday evening at South Carolina Salkahatchie.

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