The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE) has announced scaled-down plans for its 39th annual event celebrating wildlife, art and outdoor culture Feb. 11-14 in downtown Charleston. That means fewer event sites, smaller crowds and an eye on safety s the COVID-19 pandemic looks to continue into 2021.
Organizers are working with the city of Charleston and meeting with local and state public agencies in preparation for the show, they said in a press release on Wednesday. And while on-site plans for the event are changing daily, safety remains the top priority.
The show will be modified for the comfort and safety of those attending, including a smaller footprint, limited attendance and a new ticket structure. However, guests will still have a chance for the SEWE experience they know from their favorite demonstrators, artists and exhibitors.
SEWE is selling 25% of its typical capacity for general admission tickets and VIP packages. The reduction will allow organizers to follow social distancing guidelines and monitor crowds. This also means SEWE will suspend its transportation and shuttle system for its 2021 event.
“Planning during these uncertain times in our world has not been without its challenges, but the SEWE team is optimistic about our event’s future,” said John Powell, the event’s executive director, in Wednesday’s announcement. “As we earnestly move forward with preparations for next year, we also recognize the possibility that we may be facing different circumstances in 2021. We will continue on with our plans for February, but want to assure you that public health and safety will take precedence.”
SEWE’s two major exhibit sites for the 2021 show include Brittlebank Park and the Charleston Marriot. Marion Square will not host SEWE events for the 2021 festival.
Brittlebank Park will host sporting guides and outfitters, canine demonstrations, conservation organizations, the Department of Agriculture and more. The Mariott will house the Fine Art Gallery and its artists as well as a curated exhibit of artisans and craftsmen.
General admission tickets (Friday-Saturday) are available for purchase now for $35 and will include access to all venues, demonstrations and entertainment. Tickets are sold exclusively online at sewe.com.
Use promo code SEWE2021 before Jan. 11 for 20 percent off of general admission tickets, and follow updates on SEWE’s website.