Florence beer fest helps locals with medical costs

      FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) - The fifth annual Florence Beer Fest is going to make sure local residents get a chance to sample many beers and help others at the same time.

      Saturday's event runs from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Palmetto Peddlers.

      The event features beers from North and South Carolina, and Georgia.

      Proceeds from this year's event are going to help two boys: Owen Plasman, who is battling bone cancer, as well as Ashton Parrot, who is autistic. Both families have ever-increasing medical bills.

      Tickets are $25 each or $40 a couple. That covers admission, beer and a commemorative glass. Food will be available for purchase.

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