MOUNT PLEASANT -- A little rain couldn't put a damper on the BBQ and Bluegrass Festival at Boone Hall Plantation Sunday.
Despite scattered afternoon showers that had people pulling out umbrellas from time to time, organizers estimated more than 4,000 people showed up. Adults paid $25 in advance or $30 at the gate for a chance to buy barbecue and beer and listen to music that included Rhonda Vincent and Sam Bush.
The rain didn't really seem to bother anyone. "I hope it dies down," said Ann Adams of Mount Pleasant, sitting under an umbrella listening to the music on the covered stage. "But it's nice to be cool."
A couple of sideshows also drew crowds. First there was the contest to see how many ribs could be eaten in three minutes. Donovan Jackson of Moncks Corner put away 11 to win a $100 Piggly Wiggly gift certificate. Michael Catrambone of Tampa, Fla., won a $50 gift certificate.
Then there was the mechanical bull-riding contest. About 200 people gathered around to cheer the daredevils. Nine people paid $10 each for a chance to win a grill. Then Boone Hall Marketing Director Rick Benthall announced that the prize included three cases of Budweiser. Another 10 people quickly signed up.
Nathan McCormack, stationed here with the Navy, won.