Lowcountry Oyster Festival draws thousands

MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - The beautiful weekend weather drew a crowd of thousands to the 28th Annual Lowcountry Oyster Festival on Sunday.

The annual event at Boone Hall Plantation featured over 80,000 pounds of steamed oysters, which dubs it the world's largest oyster festival. An estimated 11,000 people attended this year.  The festival also featured a wide variety of entertainment throughout the day as well as an oyster shucking contest and an oyster eating contest.

With such a large crowd in attendance, one of the issues organizers planned in advanced for was traffic. This year, a second parking lot was opened at Boone Hall's Pumpkin Patch on Highway 17.  They even offered a shuttle for those who parked in the area to the festival location.

Mt. Pleasant police say traffic congestion caused a few problems in the early hours of Sunday. At some points during the day, traffic on Highway 17 was backed up to the Isle of Palms connector at Towne Centre and cars were backed up along Long Pointe Road to Interstate 526.

Proceeds from the festival will go to multiple local charities.

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