10th First Day Festival rained out

CHARLESTON, SC (AP/WCSC) - Inclement weather has delayed Charleston's tenth annual First Day Festival.

The event is being held Sunday at the South Carolina Aquarium and at the city's Maritime Center from 1 p.m. until 4p.m. Heavy rain and lightning has caused some vendors to pack up and leave.

Because of the weather, families will be able to get a free tour at the South Carolina Aquarium until 4 p.m. The school supply giveaways will be held under the Fort Sumter museum and food will be served at the Maritime Center.

The annual festival is meant to generate excitement about the first day of school, which is this week in Charleston County public schools.

Students and their families get school supplies, eat healthy foods and take free boat rides. Entertainment and other activities are planned.

Mayor Joe Riley says the festival helps create an environment where children are excited and eager to learn.

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