Walterboro celebrates agricultural heritage at annual Rice Festival

Walterboro celebrates agricultural heritage at annual Rice Festival

Colleton County celebrates Lowcountry heritage this weekend at the 42nd annual Rice Festival in Walterboro.

Rice plantations in Colleton County created tremendous wealth for Lowcountry during the early colonial days of America. The festival celebrates that heritage with a rice cooking contest at 12 p.m. Friday, a Rice Exhibit in the Colleton Museum, and the World's Largest Pot of Mahatma Rice available Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m.

The festival also arts and crafts, live music, food vendors and activities for children along Hampton Street starting at 10 a.m. both Friday and Saturday.
Friday night features a fireworks show at 8:45 p.m. The festivities start Saturday morning with the annual Rice Run 5K at 8 a.m. followed by the fun run at 9 a.m. The Rice Festival Parade is at 11 a.m. Saturday on Jefferies Highway.

Other festival highlights this year include the All-American Lumberjack shows at 12, 3 and 5 p.m. both days and the Hillbilly Silly Science Spectacular on the City Hall Stage at 3:30 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday.

For a look at the full schedule of all activities, click here.

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