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Foodies pack Charleston Wine + Food Festival's opening night at Marion Square in March 2017.

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By Michael Pronzato mpronzato@postandcourier.com

We asked Facebookers to tell us about a local event they look forward to every year and why. Here is a sampling of the answers.

Charleston Dragon Boat Festival ...  It began as a cancer survivor outreach team and now has grown to epic proportions! We host a festival every May and sell out to 66 teams that race competitively throughout the day — attendance is several thousand people. — Patty Byrne

Charleston Wine + Food. We wouldn't miss attending at least one event of this festival. We have had amazing food, beverage experiences and met the most interesting people from all over and locals. — Monique Gravel O'Neill

Blessing of the Fleet in Mount Pleasant and the Shrimp Festival in McClellanville. — Michelle Gillette

Charleston Food and Wine Festival! Taste of Charleston is a close second ... why? It's wine and food ...'nuff said. —Donna Reeves 

Flowertown Festival in Summerville. Great art, food, family atmosphere. — Richard Nelson 

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Some runners encouraged others to join them for the 40th Cooper River Bridge Run on April 1, 2017.

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Cooper River Bridge Run weekend! Love the fun race for all types of runners/walkers and all the after-run festivities! — Anne Wyman Cipolla

The Cajun Festival, because it kicks off the summer. —Barry Underwood 

Swim around Charleston — 12 miles lots of bridges and no traffic! — Janine Serell 

Spoleto, Cajun Festival, oyster festivals, jazz on the edge, Festival of Lights, farmers market, all outdoor movie events, Mount Pleasant Artfest. — Maria Byerley

Christmas festivals and Citadel football games and parades. — Bob Gaydosh

James Island Festival of Lights! — Noelle McKenzie Itharat 

Restaurant week because I can afford to try the nice places. — Jean F. Miller

Boone Hall oyster roast. — Lauren Carruthers Kincaid

Spoleto! — Ken Davis 

Highlands festival. — Jennifer Smith Goings

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Kristina Wright showcases a kite during a Birds of Prey demonstration at the 2017 Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in Marion Square.

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We enjoy SEWE every year. – Louis Settle

Wine and food festival without a doubt. — Rosemary Wright

Wine and Food Festival — as a volunteer! — Nancy Orosz 

Harvest Festival on Johns Island. — Melissa Couture 

Grits Festival in St. George. — Ann Gaydosh 

Can't really think of any. When I lived here in the '80s, it was Spoleto, but now unless it's something I just HAVE to see, I'm not bothering with the crowds and traffic. Haven't been to a Spoleto event in 3 or 4 years. — Clisby Williams