It took two tractor-trailers filled with 65,000 pounds of oysters to feed the ten thousand visitors who rolled onto the grounds at Boone Hall Plantation to kick off the 2010 Lowcountry Oyster Festival on Sunday, January 30th. This event has been named in the “top 20 events in the southeast” by the Southeastern Tourism Society.

Activities on the main stage include: the “Oyster Shucking Contest”, the “Oyster Eating Contest” and local live entertainment. A favorite to watch or participate in! Also, the winner of the “Oyster Recipe Contest” was announced and the kids loved the “Children’s Area” designed to keep them happy and having fun.

Proceeds benefitted the Ronald McDonald House, Hollings Cancer Center, Travel Council and Charleston County Science Materials Resource Center.

Live music was enjoyed by all who attended this Charleston festival favorite. “We came out to volunteer selling buckets of oysters and eat some of course… We’ve seen lots of friends and had a great time.” said Kristy Kearney a downtown Charlestonian.

– Brian Caldwell