Marie McAden



Beaufort Water Festival to feature myriad of sporting events

Posted 7/15/2013 1:05:00 PM

It might be called the Beaufort Water Festival, but you don’t have to get wet to get in on the fun. This popular annual outdoor extravaganza features as many events on dry land as on the water.

The roster of landlubber tournaments includes everything from bocce, croquet and cornhole to badminton, volleyball and horseshoes. For the water dogs in the crowd, you’ve got your fishing tournaments, sailing regattas, raft races, a kayak dash-for-trash and, new this year, a DragonBoat competition.

Now in its 58th year, the event-packed Lowcountry festival runs from July 19-28. The festivities kick off at noon July 19 with the Festival Arts & Crafts Market on the Promenade at Waterfront Park. At 7 p.m., the official opening ceremony will begin with a performance by the Parris Island Marine Band followed by a spectacular fireworks show at dusk. Admission is free.

Saturday’s activities include the raucous raft race, a children’s toad fishing contest, shrimp boat tours and the new DragonBoat Race featuring several dozen 20-plus-member teams paddling 40-foot long boats down the Beaufort River.

The event schedule for the rest of the festival includes concerts, a river dance and a commodore’s ball, culminating with the Blessing of the Fleet and Parade of Boats July 28.

For the full lineup of activities, click here.