Oyster roast volunteers prep for Sunday

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Preps are underway for the 30th Annual Lowcountry Oyster Festival. More than 10,000 oyster lovers will be shucking away at Boone Hall Plantation Sunday.

Hundreds of volunteers have been working around the clock as they get ready for all of the hungry oyster lovers.

"Its a big ordeal when you're putting on an oyster festival, its a lot of moving parts," said Steve Carroll, president of the Charleston Restaurant Association.

The event takes the honor of one of the top 20 events in the southeast. The large crowd will add a lot of traffic to roadways in Mount Pleasant.

Carroll said, "We're actually offering a new access this year where the pumpkin patch is on highway 17. So you could park your car there and ride in on a tram that Boone Hall has provided for us."

Traffic on highway 17 will be slower than normal and drivers on Long Point road could expect to move at a snail's pace.

"So instead of waiting on the Avenue of Oaks, you could come in the other way. It just takes a presser off the roads," said Carroll.

There will be live music and 80 thousand pounds of oysters to feast on.

"We want it to be good and safe and fun for everyone and raise lots of money charities and our educational partners, so whatever it takes, we'll make it happen," said Carroll.

The festival is Sunday from 10:30am - 5 pm. No tailgates, pets or coolers will be allowed. Tickets are 12 dollars in advance and 15 dollars the day of the event. Most of the proceeds will be donated to local charities.

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