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SwampFest celebrates local history, nature and environmental heroes

playcard swampfest The 33rd annual SwampFest will be held on Saturday, November 2, at Playcard Environmental Education Center from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. This unique, family-friendly fall festival offers multiple activities designed to engage guests in outdoor activities and inspire an appreciation for nature. SwampFest is a free event and is open to the public.

SwampFest offers a variety of activities and adventures for all ages. Learn more about Native American, pioneer, and natural history through interactive exhibits. Explore the natural habitat on 2.5 miles of educational trails. Paddle through a swamp ecosystem or try your luck at casting. Let experts teach you a few outdoor survival skills. Stroll the grounds, churn some butter, make some soap or weave a basket.

Students from Coastal Carolina University will be on hand to share a current research project about the water quality of the swamp and its affects on local fish populations. Students from Horry-Georgetown Technical College will be teaching event guests about area wildlife and forestry.

The Morris Brothers Bluegrass Band and other featured artists will perform throughout the day. Bring a chair and settle in for an outdoor concert. Guests may bring a picnic or purchase items including barbeque, chicken bog, hotdogs, hamburgers, and a variety of sweet treats.

Playcard Environmental Education Center is a pristine blackwater habitat, protected and preserved by its founder James P. Blanton to serve as a reserve for environmental education.

Playcard is located at 10729 Highway 19 West, near Loris, SC.

The Center offers community events throughout the year designed to engage guests in the great outdoors and to inspire new generations to be stewards of the environment.

For more information, contact Ben Abercrombie at 843.756.1277 or email babercrombie@horrycountyschools.net.