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 Myrtle Beach Bike Week, the 60 mile coastline motor cycle riding is an annual event that takes place on the second week of May every year. This year too, the Myrtle Beach Bike Week spring rally will be held on May 11th to May 20th at Grand Strand, SC.About 300,000 bikers will attend this event to enjoy the great coastline bike riding.
The Bike week is one of the most important motor cycle rallies in South Carolina. All leading bikes like Harley Davidson, Choppers, Kawasaki, and Suzuki will be on road during the bike week. All motor cycle accessories and parts are sold at Inlet Square Mall in Murrelles Inlet.
According to the South Carolina state law, riders and passengers under the age of 21 must have helmets while driving motor cycles. The Myrtle Beach administration has issued strict guidelines for bike riders. Though the helmet law passed by the Myrtle Beach has overturned by the Supreme Court of South Carolina, the noise ordinance, speed restrictions and seat belt laws are still in force in Myrtle Beach. In the past several years frequent complaints from local peoples against noise, traffic and bad behavior of some bike riders have caused the shifting of the event from Myrtle Beach to the surrounding areas.
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The Myrtle Beach Magiquest was opened on June 4th 2005 at Broadway, Myrtle Beach. This interactive entertainment venue is a joint venture between Burroughs & Chapin Co., Inc. of Myrtle Beach S.C. and Creative Kingdoms, LLC, of Rhode Island. It consists of live action adventure game in a fantasy world of imagination and interactive play. The players use the magic wands that contain motion sensors and an infrared light-emitting diode. The players activate the magic wand by waving and pointing it at an object. The goal is to accumulate powers and proceed to higher levels of the games.
The game objects consists of statues, ceiling tiles, animatronic chests, pictures, projection rooms and video kiosks. Most of the objects have lights and audio that turn off automatically after activation. The video kiosks and projection rooms contain touch screen video displays to interact with the system. The players not wishing to use magic wands can purchase a magical key or compass. Before starting the games, the guests receive instructions on using the quests or adventures. An instruction booklet is also supplied with the magic wand but for certain quests no booklet is supplied. A player in the Magiquest is called Magi.
Inside the large two level room, there is a big tree house on one side, a castle structure on the other side and pathways to dark dungeons and crypts. Just near the entrance there is a Stonehenge looking structure where you will go first and frequently return to select your quests. Some quests are very simple while some others are long and complex.
Princess Candice: The Princess Candice is granddaughter of the Quest Master who knows all the secrets of the Kingdom of Magiquest.She makes healing stars in the night sky with her beautiful voice and powerful magic.
Princess Amora: She is the younger daughter of the Quest Master. She has the ability to summon creatures from the stars in the sky.
Bartholomew: He is the official record keeper and cartographer of the Feudal Realm. One of the educators at the Magi Academy.
Carren: She was an orphan in the untamed Panchaean Desert but was raised by the Bosha – a carnival-like group of Magi related to the Shadow Clan.
Gwendolyn: Gwendolyn is the Director of the Magi Academy and a member of the Magi Council. One of the premier Duelists staying in the Feudal Realm bested only by the Quest Master and Xavier.
If you complete all quests in the first volume of the Ancient Book of Wisdom you will be known as the Master Magi. Many quests can be successfully completed only through team work along with family members or friends. The Magiquest provides the participants hands on experience on logical thinking and creativity.