EVENT | Country music and fried twinkies
The smells of decadent funnel cakes topped with pure sugar, candy apples oozing with rich chocolate, and warm, salted pretzels the size of your head — are you drooling yet? The annual Coastal Carolina Fair held at the Exchange Park opens Thursday and will feature tons of entertainment, including 67 old-fashioned attractions like roller coasters, Ferris wheels, and haunted houses. If the rickety rides aren’t your style, then check out the live music. Located at the Lake Front Stage, musical acts like Three Dog Night, Little Texas, Jake Owen, Heidi Newfield, Joe Nichols, Phil Vassar (pictured), James Gregory, Gin Blossoms, Bucky Covington, and Little Anthony & the Imperials will perform. Contests like the Halloween costume strut, pre-schooler’s pageant, princess pageant (6-10 girls), and Star Search competition will take place on other stages. There will also be a petting zoo, three daily Elephant Encounter shows, and a live honeybee exhibit. Plus, every day is capped off with a nightly fireworks display. —Mark Glenn Through Nov. 8. $4-$8,www.coastalcarolinafair.org. Exchange Park Fairgrounds, 9850 Hwy. 78, (Ladson), (843) 572-3161
EVENT | Party like a bumpkin
Once the wickedness of Halloween has passed, celebrate the more wholesome aspects of fall at the county’s annual Harvest Festival. Bluegrass music, hayrides, crafters, and pumpkins are the focus of this popular event. Starting at noon, the Plantation Allstars will play, followed by Southern Flavor Bluegrass Band, Hungry Monk Music, Yee Haw Junction, and Bluestone Ramblers, so don’t forget your dancing shoes. Refuel with old-fashioned fare like barbecue and kettle corn, and wash it all down with icy-cold bevs. Kids will enjoy country games like a stick pony corral, lassoing demonstrations, pumpkin decorating, and a scarecrow-making contest. Yeehaw. —Erica Jackson Sat., Nov. 1, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $5 adults/Free 12 and under, (843) 795-4386. Mullet Hall Equestrian Center, 2662 Mullet Hall Road, (Johns Island), (843) 795-4FUN.
EVENT | Whoop it up in Wagener Terrace
For years, the Wagener Terrace Neighborhood Association has hosted annual oyster roasts in one of the most idyllic and overlooked locations on the peninsula — Lowndes Grove Plantation. No need to drive out to BFE to check out a place steeped in history — Lowndes Grove is right up Ashley Avenue. The plantation’s been through a lot in the last three centuries: the original house was burned by British troops, it served as a respite for a Congressman’s wife, it housed a private racetrack, and in the early 1900s, the extensive grounds were developed into the neighborhood of Wagener Terrace. More recently, the house was featured on the cover of O Magazine, and in 2007, it underwent a $6 million renovation by Patrick Properties. Now’s your chance to check out the refurbished property (outside only), and enjoy all-you-can-eat oysters, barbecue, and fixins to boot. Jamie Westendorf will be catering local food, while Porkchop Meyer will provide music. There will also be a silent auction. (Donations will be accepted in exchange for free tickets.) Proceeds from the event benefits the WT Neighborhood Association, which contributes to the beautification of the area along with select charities. Tickets are available at Moe’s Crosstown, Granville’s, and the In and Out convenience store on Rutledge Avenue. —Erica Jackson Sun., Nov. 2, 4-7 p.m. $16/advance, $20/gate, (843) 216-9252. Lowndes Grove Plantation, 266 St. Margaret St., (Downtown).