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7/19/2010 Fall Shapes Up as Summer Winds Down at Edisto

Edisto Island, S.C. – The Edisto Island and Edisto Beach communities will take full advantage of all that summer has to offer as the season wraps up with a full schedule of events planned for Labor Day weekend. The second annual King Mackerel tournament, hosted by Buck’s Pizza, and the new Edisto Fish & Shag Fest will anchor the traditional end-of-summer weekend. Popular fall events, which highlight the year-round appeal of Edisto, include the Edisto Art Guild Fall Show & Sale, the Edisto & Beyond Tour, the Edisto Fall Festival, and a new offering in ecotours. 

On September 3 and September 4, anglers will descend on Edisto for the Edisto Beach Buck’s Pizza King Mackerel Tournament. This “No Check-Out Tournament” is a Southern Kingfish Association division three event. Registration will take place between 5 and 7:30 p.m. on Friday, September 3, at Buck’s Pizza, located on Edisto Beach at 114A Jungle Road. The entry fee is $300. A captain’s meeting will follow, starting at 7:30 p.m. The tournament itself will begin the next morning and will conclude with a weigh-in at the Edisto Marina where ten prizes will be awarded, including a first place payout up to $10,000. To learn more, please visit

In conjunction with this tournament, the Edisto Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the Edisto Fish & Shag Fest that same weekend at Big Bay Park, located next to the Edisto Marina. Events will begin at 10 a.m. on both Friday and Saturday, and will include a food drive for Edisto Food Pantry, arts and crafts, children’s activities, sponsor and vendor booths, and live music. Rounding out the evening will be a shag competition from 6 – 7 p.m. on Saturday and a performance by the renowned Catalinas from 7 – 10:30 p.m. that night.

To gear up for the fall season and spruce things up after a busy summer, EdistoPride will sponsor a Beach & River Sweep on September 18. The sweep will begin at Edisto Beach State Park. Those interested in participating should contact EdistoPride by phone at 843-869-4422 or by email at

Come October, the Edisto Island Historic Preservation Society will sponsor the Edisto & Beyond Tour, its annual tour of plantations, churches, graveyards and historic sites. This year’s tour will be a two day event on October 8 and October 9. On Friday, from 1 to 5 p.m., the Seabrook Plantation House and Grounds will be on tour, and this year will mark the first time the house has been opened for this tour.

On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the tour will feature the following properties: Cassina Point Plantation, Swallow Bluff Plantation, Cedar Hall, Quantico Beach House, Trinity Episcopal Church, the Presbyterian Church of Edisto Island, and the Old First Baptist Church. The tours will begin at the Edisto Island Museum, located at 8123 Chisolm Plantation Road. Tickets for this event sell out quickly each year, with a limited number being offered. Saturday tickets are $40 each. Friday tickets are $25 each.  For more information or to check ticket availability, contact the Edisto Museum at 843-869-1954 or visit

Also on Saturday, October 9, the Edisto Art Guild will hold its fall show and sale at Trinity Episcopal Church, located on Edisto Island at 1589 Highway 174. For more information, contact the Edisto Chamber of Commerce at 843-869-3867 or visit

The following weekend, the Edisto Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the Edisto Fall Festival. This street fair, featuring art, local culinary treats and activities for the kids, will take place on October 16 at Jungle Road.

Nature lovers may want to explore the fall migration tours being offered by Botany Bay Ecotours, which will focus on the migratory birds that pass through the area, including bald eagles and peregrine falcons, along with thousands of shorebirds, such as the dunlin, whimbrel and godwit, among others. Additionally, a new half day immersion tour of Edisto has been added, which pairs culinary and ecological exploration. Led by local biologist Meg Hoyle, participants will explore the marshes of Edisto and collect local fish and shellfish while learning about their ecological roles. At the end of the day, participants will have the opportunity to make a meal of their catch, complemented by fresh, local vegetables, and hear from local fishermen about their lives on the water and their favorite recipes. For more information, contact Botany Bay Ecotours at 843-869-2998, or visit

Set in a rare, sparsely-developed corner of the world, Edisto, with its vast green spaces, ancient live oaks, wide open marsh views, and quiet, pristine beach, offers a coastal island experience uncommon today among Eastern seaboard communities. Visitors and residents arrive under a live oak canopy via Highway 174, recently designated by the U.S. Department of Transportation as a National Scenic Byway. Here, there’s a slower pace of life, coupled with a broad range of year-round recreational activities, all set in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. This is the coastal island destination that is said to offer its own “state of mind…any time, any season.” For more information, please call the Edisto Chamber of Commerce at 843-869-3867 or 1-888-333-2781 or visit


  Edisto Chamber of Commerce
42 Station Court
P.O. Box 206
Edisto Island, SC 29438


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