Strawberry Festival kicks off with new extended hours, thrill rides

Photo courtesy: Boone Hall Farms and Amusements of America

MT. PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) -- Fans of the Boone Hall Strawberry Festival are in for extra treats this year. Along with all the strawberries you can eat, there will be a lot more attractions and longer hours to enjoy them.

After a year-long hiatus due to construction on Highway 17, the festival is back and organizers say it will be bigger and better than ever. The Strawberry Festival is also going "primetime" with extended night hours. The fun starts Thursday at 6 p.m. and runs until 11 p.m.

In 2011, there were about 14 rides at the two-day event. You could see the festival by looking for big, inflatable strawberry.

This year, there are over 30 attractions and rides courtesy of Amusements of America, the festival lasts four days, and you'll be able to spot the fun by looking for the giant Ferris wheel and Fireball as they light up the night sky.

Rides you may recognize from other Amusements of America events include not only the giant Ferris wheel, but the Gravitron, Sizzler, Bumper cars, Merry-go-round and Musik Express as well.

Admission to the festival runs from $3 to $5, which is actually cheaper than admission two years ago. Children 2 and under are admitted for free. Wrist bands that let the wearer ride everything will be $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. Tickets for individual rides will be $1 each. Parking is free.

Along with the new rides, there will be pig races, magic shows, jugglers, vendors and of course, the U-Picking of strawberries in the field during the day.


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The entrance to the festival is half a mile north of Long Point Road on Hwy. 17.

From the Strawberry Festival Q&A:

The event will be divided into 3 different areas.The Main Event - The largest part of the festival will be staged in the areas in front of and behind the big white tent located off Hwy. 17. This will be where all the spectacular rides and major rides for older children, teenagers, and adults will be located as well as the kiddie rides for smaller children. The pig races, vendor exhibits, games, and concessions will also be located in this area.

Farm Land - This is the area where the Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch is held each fall and it will feature the largest jump pillow in the state, a three story slide tower, the spider web, a rock climbing wall, King of the mountain, tube swings, tunnel playground area, and live goats. Magic shows scheduled at different times throughout the day will also be featured here and some concessions. Everything in this area is included with admission except the jump pillow, which will be a ticketed attraction.U-Pick Strawberry Fields - Picking your own strawberries is a favorite part of the festival for all ages. The fields this year are located behind and beside The Main Event area. One area will be open at a time and there will be a check-in-checkout tent at the entrance to those particular fields. Strawberries will be weighed and paid for by the pound upon exiting the fields.

For more information, visit the festival webpage by clicking here.