It’s strawberries galore this weekend at Boone Hall Plantation as they host their annual Lowcountry Strawberry Festival. Last year, this two-day event brought in a record number of 10,500 guests, and they expect even more this year.

New to the festival is Farm Land, where they will have magic shows, pig races, a petting zoo, and much more. There will also be a variety of amusement rides to look forward to, such as a ferris wheel, a carousel, a Berry-Go-Round, a kid’s helicopter ride, and more. Some popular competitions will return as well, including the all-time favorite pie eating challenge and the recipe contest. Also returning this year is the Miss Berry Princess Contest, sponsored by Caroline Ham and the Little Princess Tea Parties. See who will be 2010’s ruler of the strawberry patch.

And what’s a strawberry festival without rummaging through the fields and picking your own berries? As always, Boone Hall has set aside a U-Pick field where you can gather the fruit your heart’s content, and pay by the pound. The festival is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on April 17, and from 12 p.m.-6 p.m. on April 18. For more information, call (843) 884-4371.

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