The Button King Museum in South Carolina was opened by Dalton Stevens who is known by the name Button King. The museum contains private collections of different articles glued and or stitched with buttons. It is located off of Highway 34 between Bishopville and Camden.The museum is open on six days a week and the admission is always free.
History of Button King Museum:
The Button King, Dalton Stevens suffered from an abnormal sleep disease called Insomnia. Therefore he decided to do some hobbies to pass time. In 1983 he started sewing buttons on his jumpsuit. After two years his suit was covered with 16,333 buttons. Since then there was no end of his strange hobby and people including media began to pay attention on him. In 2008 he opened the Button King Museum just near his home in Bishopville.
Dalton Stevens glued 3,005 buttons on his guitar, 517 buttons on his shoes and 150,000 buttons on his car. Later he appeared in many television shows where he played his banjo wearing a button covered suite.
Every year the Blue Crab Festival is celebrated along the Little River waterfront, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. This festival is one of the most popular events in the Myrtle Beach attracting thousands of peoples from the country. The celebrations include serving steamed crabs, live music, arts and crafts, family fun, kids area and community groups. The 31st Blue Crab Festival will be held on 19th & 29th May 2012.
The History of the Festival:
The festival was begun as a small waterfront gathering in 1981.The goal of the festival was to bring peoples to the waterfront to support the local businesses, traders and the community. Later it became a mega event involving sea food display, live music, arts and other family entertainments. The festival is also an opportunity to meet the community members living in and around the waterfront. The Little River is a fishing village located about 40 kilometers north of Myrtle Beach.
The hours of the festival will be from 9.00 am to 6.pmon both the days. The tickets for the festival are available at Little River Chamber of Commerce and the North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce. Children under the age of 6 years and students are offered free entry to the festival.
Each year many parts of South Carolina celebrate different food festivals involving local foods and traditional dishes. The annual shrimp festival is one of the important food festivals in South Carolina. Three main shrimp festivals in South Carolina are described below.
Beaufort’s Shrimp Festival: The next shrimp festival in Beaufort will be held on October 5th and 6th 2012. The highlight of this festival is the Lowcountry cuisine featuring shrimp and other fun events for all. The restaurants offer samples of delicious shrimp foods. The best recipe and most creative recipe are given prizes during the festival. Evening concerts and live entertainment will be held in the Bay Street Waterfront Park, Beaufort.Another event involve a 5k Run over the Woods Memorial Bridge and a 5k walk through history in the Old Point neighborhood. Thousands attend the event each year and the restaurants prepare shrimp specialties on the day.
McClellanville Shrimp Festival: In this festival parade of shrimp boats from McClellanville are blessed by the local people at the beginning of the shrimp season. The boats leave from Jeremy Creek and go to the public dock at Town Hall. A pastor blesses each boat as it goes by. The 36th McClellanville Shrimp Festival will be held on May 5th Saturday 2012 at McClellanville. There will be exhibits, live music and displays by artists during the festival. At the end of the blessing, a floral wreath will be laid upon waters to remember those who have been lost at sea.
Yemassee Shrimp Festival: It is held in the coastal town of Yemassee, SC.The festival spans several days and host events like beauty pageant, talent shows, fireworks and shrimp battle. Competitions are organized and the weekend events include pet shows, kiddie parades, live music, dance and a carnival. The mud run competition is a special event during the Yemassee shrimp festival. It involves racing large trucks around a track in the mud by the competing participants.
The 2011 Spoleto Festival of USA will be held in Charleston, South Carolina from May 27 to June 12.Founded in 1977 by Pulitzer Prize winner Gian Carlo Menotti, this arts festival is a great event to provide the young artists an opportunity to work with veterans in the field of classical music, opera, theater, music, dance and jazz. Artists around the world offer more than 120 performances during this 17 day event. Many of the festival events are free but some require advance tickets.
World Grits Festival is held in St. George, South Carolina in the month of April every year. Thousands of grits lovers take part in this competition. Since the residents of St. George consume more grits, the place is called grits capital of the world. Therefore this food festival is held every year and it involves a lot of fun.
In this festival the participants roll in grits, eat grits breakfast and grits dinner. The main event of the festival consists of taking part in a grits rolling competition. The participants roll in a tub filled with cooked grits and try to get as much grits as possible on their body. They wear big hats and loose pants with lots of pockets to get more pounds of grits.