Shaggin' on the Beach: Annual festival celebrates state dance

EDISTO BEACH, SC (WCSC) - Edisto Beach Mayor Jane Darby says she is ready to "entertain 5000 of her best friends" during the fourth year of the annual Music and Shag Fest.

The celebration kicked off Friday at Bay Creek Park, near the Edisto Marina, and is expected to run through Sunday.

Admission is $10 for adults, and free for children 12 and under.

Darby said the festival started four years ago, in conjunction with a fishing tournament, but the popular dance overshadowed the sport, and now focuses exclusively on shagging, food, and local artists.

"Labor Day had become a dying holiday because school starts back earlier than it used to," she said.

The schedule of events includes these activities:

Friday – Noon until

  • Art & Crafts, Food Vendors
  • DJ Jim Bowers –12 noon - 7:00 pm
  • Shem Creek Boogie Band – 3:00 - 7:00 pm
  • Band of Oz – 7:00 -11:00 pm

Saturday, Sept 5 –10:00 am until

  • Arts & Crafts, Food Vendors
  • DJ Jim Bowers –10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Shag Doctorz – 2:00 - 6:00 pm
  • The Entertainers (voted best band of 2014) – 7:00 -11:00 pm
  • Non Professional Shag Competition – 9:00 pm

Sunday, Sept 6 – Noon until 7:00 pm

  • Arts & Crafts, Food Vendors
  • DJ Jim Bowers – 12 noon - 3:00 pm
  • The Fantastic Shakers (Shakin’ the Shack) – 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm.

Many see it as summer's last hurrah.

Among thousands expected to attend over the weekend, shagging experience is not required.

"We've been living here for 15 years, and we come every year," a local volunteer said. "Where else would you want to be than a place like this."

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