Filling up the gas tank right now is the most expensive it's been all year for South Carolina drivers, and experts say gas prices won't go back down until the end of the month.
A gallon of gas in the Palmetto State was about $3.36 this week, which is 17 cents more expensive than the same time last month, AAA said in a report released Tuesday. Thanks to routine maintenance at fuel refineries in the Gulf Coast, gas in South Carolina is typically the most expensive in the Spring, the report said.
"The tightened supply throughout the country results in higher gas prices," said David E. Parsons, president and CEO of AAA Carolinas.
Gas in Charleston and in most other large metro areas in the state has hovered around $3.35 per gallon this week, which was about 6 cents higher than last week.
The average gas price in South Carolina was the lowest in February, when it hit $3.07. Since then, it's been steadily hiking upwards. Prices are expected to keep growing until refinery maintenance wraps up at the end of April, according to the report.
The Charleston Farmers Market will reopen for the spring season this weekend at Marion Square. The weekly event, which is held 8 a.m.-2 p.m. each Saturday in April through December, features produce and other goods from more than 100 local farmers, food vendors and artisans.
Yee Haw Junction, a local bluegrass band, will perform live on opening day. The Charleston Farmers Market will promote Lowcountry Local First's Eat Local Month initiative during April by pairing local farmers with chefs for live cooking demonstrations and food tastings.
Skyzone Trampoline Park is opening in Mount Pleasant on Saturday at 411 Wando Park Blvd., a 25,000-square-foot space formerly occupied by Velocity Sports. The fitness facility features 15,000 square feet of wall-to-wall trampolines with separate areas for fitness classes, dodgeball competitions and a bouncing basketball court.
Skyzone has 55 franchise locations across the United States. The Mount Pleasant facility, which is the first location in the Palmetto State, is co-owned by local father-son pair Dennis and Brad Sullivan.
It costs $25 to jump at Skyzone for two hours, which covers the cost of special gripping socks.
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