A promising event venue called Yonder Field, situated in Bowman between Charleston and Columbia, held a couple of large-scale events in the fall of 2017, including the South Carolina State of Beer Festival. That event had poor turnout and resulted in some hard-hitting financial losses for the operation.
After the planned Agrisonic Music Festival was canceled in the wake of those losses, Yonder Field's online presence disappeared in February as the venue was seemingly wiped from the map.
But Yonder Field has quietly returned with the announcement of a Christmas Extravaganza, to take place 1-9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. The website is back and calls for 2019 bookings, though the Christmas event is the only one currently listed.
The Lowcountry Christmas Extravaganza is a benefit for the Orangeburg County Library.
Yonder Field General Manager Stacie Darr had no comment about the resurrection of Yonder Field, but said in a statement that the goal of the project "has always been to create indelible moments in the hearts and minds of adults and kids. We couldn’t be more proud than to partner with Orangeburg County Library for this wonderful holiday celebration."
Yonder Field’s 25,000-square-foot pavilion will be decked out with Christmas decorations and lights. South Carolina schools and churches will provide the music. The venue will also host an Artisan Village with 20 local holiday crafters.
Attendees can purchase an amusement ride and craft station wristband, which will grant access to a Ferris wheel, 60-foot slide, inflatable obstacle course and booths with stocking making, ornament decorating and more. Kids can go on train rides and have pictures taken with Santa Claus.
The Lowcountry Christmas Extravaganza is free to the public to attend with a $5 parking fee. The first 1,000 people in attendance will receive a complimentary eggnog beverage in a souvenir mug, and the first 500 kids to visit the on-site bookmobile will receive a free book.
For more information, visit www.lowcountrychristmas.net.