Folly Beach Sea & Sand Festival goes on despite backlash

FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (WCBD) — The 27th Annual Sea & Sand Festival took place Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8.

More than 85 local art and food vendors participated throughout Folly River Park and Center Street.

The event kicked off Friday, April 7 with the 4th Annual Miss Sea & Sand Pageant in the Folly River Park at 7 p.m. Winners in various age groups had the opportunity to wear their crowns and sashes during the Sea & Sand Festival.

This was the first event held since Folly Gras, a Mardi Gras festival which caused controversy on Folly Beach.

The city-sanctioned event got criticism for getting out of hand. Some Folly Beach residents say the event was too large for the city to support, citing traffic and an understaffed police force as proof.  

The City of Folly Beach held a special City Council Meeting to hear citizens comments and concerns surrounding Folly Gras. They also discussed how to better plan festivals in the future.

The festivities continued at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 8 with a celebration of Folly art and food that stretched up Center Street, from Huron to Ashley, with even more vendors in Folly River Park. The giant kids’ activities zone featured a four-station bungee jump trampoline, carnival games, face-painting & more.

Festival entry was $5; children 10 and under are free.


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