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Charleston Cup hurdles expectations

HOLLYWOOD, S.C. (WCSC) - Almost 10,000 people lined the infield of a 60-acre plot at the Plantation at Stono Ferry for the 25th anniversary of the Charleston Cup steeplechase race Sunday. And after an eight year hiatus, the Cup is back and hurdling expectations.

"It's really become a tradition," says race director Karl McMillan. "We've been so well received after being gone for eight years so I think the community has embraced us once again."

And McMillan wasn't the only one who had positive things to say positive things about the return of the horse race.

"I think people have really anticipated it," says Archie Burkel. "The tradition is alive and well."

Burkel is on of the Charleston hat ladies and says fashion comes first at the Charleston Cup.

"Today is an ultimate hat wearing day," says Burkel.

And those that didn't wear big race day hats stood out in other ways.

"It doesn't take much for Charleston to need a social gathering," says Jay White. "But boy, something like this is over the top."

White also went over the top. For the race, he bought a hot pink suit on eBay and wore it in style and against his wife's wishes. But White says his suit color didn't blind what the event really brought to the Lowcountry.

"It's a great family atmosphere plus its not often that you can do something like this where the kids enjoy it," says White.  "Its been a lot of fun."

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