Folly Beach Sand and Sea Festival

Folly Beach hosted their annual Sand and Sea Festival last weekend, September 21-23.

The weekend began with the traditional Miss Sea and Sand Pageant on Friday evening. The contest was based on age group, evening attire, hobbies, awards, extracurriculars and volunteer experiences. Females ages four and older and males ages seven and younger could enter the pageant. Nine total winners were chosen.

Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., came the street festival beginning on the River Park straight and ending at the beachfront. The street festival offered free wristbands for those 21 and older, and was $10 cash admission at the gate (cheaper if tickets order prior to event).

The party concluded Sunday afternoon with friendly competitions on the sand, ranging from volleyball to sandcastle-building tournaments.

Photo by Laurie Fogleman

Vendors selling kettle corn, acai bowls, seafood, burgers and desserts lined the streets.

Photos by Laurie Fogleman


The festival was very child-friendly, with bouncy castles, hula hooping, photo ops with “mermaids” and girls on stilts, as well as face painting, arts and crafts and carnival games — all ages were sure to be entertained!

Photos by Laurie Fogleman


Live music was on each end and in the middle of the street festival, with performers Occasional Milkshake, Wylder Funk Band, Ros Bonghi and The Secrets.

Photos by Laurie Fogleman


Similar to the city Farmers Market held in Marion Square, art, photography and crafts could be found for sale at almost every other stand.

Photos by Laurie Fogleman


Massages, henna tattoos and hair braids/wraps were also offered.


Photos by Laurie Fogleman


The Charleston heat was hard to handle, however the barriers of the festival offered visitors a nice escape if they needed it. Beachy souvenir stores, coffee and ice cream shops, as well as tasty restaurants like Taco Boy, Charleston Crab House and Pier 101 lined the main road, making Folly an even better place for the annual Sand and Sea Festival!

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Laurie Fogleman, a Freshman Communications major calls Norwood, North Carolina home. Aside from writing for CisternYard, Laurie is also on the Cross-Country and Track team for The College.

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