Beaufort Water Festival opens for 59th year

In this 2010 file photo, Chief Warrant Officer Joshua Stone directs the Parris Island Band during the opening ceremonies of the Beaufort Water Festival.

BEAUFORT, S.C. - The Beaufort Water Festival is getting underway for a 59th year.

The 10-day festival opens Friday evening with an appearance by U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford, a concert by the Parris Island Marine Band and a fireworks display in Beaufort.

The festival includes the traditional arts and crafts market by the city's downtown marina.

Other events include a concert by country artist Craig Morgan, a fishing tournament, a raft race and an air show.

There will also be a dragon boat race. The festival's closing weekend includes the blessing of the local fishing fleet.