Local events to bring weekend traffic

Local events to bring weekend traffic

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Two big events are happening this weekend.

The Colonial Athletic Association also known as the CAA is hosting a tournament at the North Charleston Coliseum and  Charleston's Wine and Food Festival is going on in downtown Charleston.

When you live in a tourist destination it's almost always busy, but this weekend will be busier.

Karen and Howard Sprout made a stop in Charleston as they were heading to Hilton Head. They're visiting from Connecticut. 

"We've never seen Charleston, we heard a lot about it and and wanted to visit," Howard said.

With Charleston's Wine and Food Festival more people will be downtown around the event's location at Marion Square.

Michelle Redstone is visiting from Napa, California, along with friends from other states.

"We sort of came here happenstance didn't realize it was the Wine and Food Festival and looked it up and said oh that sounds like something fun so here we are," Redstone said.

Last year the festival officials estimated nearly 23,000 people came to the wine and food events. Of that number about 44 percent were from out of town.

Charleston Police have increased patrols around the area and College of Charleston student Nick Papadimas has noticed.

"Being at CofC it's right, centrally located downtown you're in a sea of all the action every single day," Papadimas said.

General Manger at the restaurant CO- Charleston, Andrea King, says on weekends like this it boosts business. 

"What's really nice is once their done at the food and wine they'll come over and check us out and try some of our appetizers and some of our entrees and hang out for a little bit," King said.

Over in North Charleston the CAA Men's Basketball tournament kicked off Friday bringing in teams from different states and their fans to the North Charleston Coliseum.

"I never get tired of going to a medium-sized school and seeing a bunch of people every single day it's so nice seeing a bunch of new faces seeing a bunch of people go through," Papadimas said. 

The Wine and Food Festival ends on Sunday and the CAA Basketball Tournament goes through Monday. 

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