Edisto Beach celebrates the Shag at annual festival

VIDEO: Edisto Beach celebrates the Shag at annual festival

EDISTO BEACH, SC (WCSC) - A one-day postponement of the start of the annual Edisto Beach Music and Shag Fest didn't stop visitors from celebrating the state dance.

The festival was scheduled to begin on Friday, but that was changed because of the potential impact of Tropical Storm Hermine.

The celebration kicked off Saturday at Bay Creek Park on Edisto Beach.

Participants of all levels of Shag expertise took part.

"You bring the good music to 'em and they will come," festival spokesman Tommy Keller said.

Keller said he does not know how the island can handle many more people than the number that packed into the festival this year but said he is glad to be part of it.

Keller says the purpose of the festival is to keep the music alive and the state dance alive as well.

"When you have a good event, it's bound to grow," Edisto Beach Mayor Jane Darby said. "It is one long party and a lot of nice people. If you're not here, you're really missing out."

Five beach music bands performed and an art and crafts fair and food vendors were also on hand.

The Shag was designated the official State Dance of South Carolina in 1984.

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