Boone Hall’s Strawberry Festival kicks off Thursday

Strawberries will be ripe for picking at Boone Hall Plantation this weekend.

In a place growing as rapidly as the Lowcountry, the community has to be sure to hold onto its roots, particularly those attached to strawberries. At least, that’s the way Boone Hall Plantation sees it. Two decades ago, plantation owner Willie McRae planted three acres of strawberries on the fields as a way to get the community more involved with the plantation. He wanted people from all over the area to be able to pick produce right from the fields, and that’s what they do every spring once strawberry season rolls around. To celebrate the not-so-new tradition, Boone Hall will host its 19th annual Strawberry Festival this weekend, which features carnival rides, live music, contests and festival foods. New this year will be a petting zoo presented by Rockin’ A Ranch and K-9’s in Flight, a team of highly trained dogs who entertain crowds with their impressive frisbee-catching skills.

When: Various times Thursday-Sunday

Where: Boone Hall Plantation, 2330 Highway 17 North, Mount Pleasant

Price: $5-$7; children age 2 and younger get in free with a paying adult

More info: http://boonehallplantation.com/lowcountry_strawberry_festival