Catch the first wave of Water Festival events

July 8, 2011 

Members of the Gatorland Water Ski Show Team from Gainesville, Fla., display their patriotism during a performance on the Beaufort River at the 2009 Beaufort Water Festival.


  • The 56th annual Beaufort Water Festival will be held July 15-24 at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park. This year's commodore is Bob Bible.

    Details: 843-524-0600,

Twenty-eight days are all that remain before the official start of this year's Beaufort Water Festival. But there's plenty going before the 56th annual celebration of music, food, art and just about anything fun you can do on the water.

Here's a list of events leading up to the opening ceremony July 15:


  • Horseshoe tournament: 9 a.m., Live Oaks Park, Port Royal

  • Volleyball tournament: 10 a.m., Parris Island soccer fields

  • Men's softball tournament: two-day tournament begins at 8 a.m. at the Parris Island softball complex; tournament ends Sunday


  • Corn hole qualifying rounds: 5:30 p.m., Boondocks Restaurant and Sports Bar, St. Helena Island; $30 for a two-person team

    JUNE 25-26

  • Men's golf tournament: Day 1, 9 a.m., Fripp Island Ocean Point course; Day 2, 9 a.m., Fripp Island Ocean Creek course; $150 a player

    JUNE 26

  • Women's golf tournament: 9 a.m., Rose Hill Golf Club, Bluffton; $240 for a four-person team

    JULY 10

  • Recreational bowling tournament: 1:30 p.m., AMF Ribaut Lanes Bowling Alley, Beaufort

    JULY 11

  • Competitive bowling tournament: 6 p.m., AMF Ribaut Lanes Bowling Alley


    In the meantime, we want our readers to share their fondest memories from past festivals. What was it like winning the bed race or almost sinking your team's raft? Were you blown away by one of the performers at the talent show? Maybe you built a family tradition around the annual event or had a memorable first date there. Let us see pictures of you and your family enjoying all things Water Festival.

    We'll run our favorite submissions and photos each day during festival week. Send your submissions by July 11 to or; or send them to Features Department, The Beaufort Gazette, P.O. Box 5727, Hilton Head Island, SC 29938; or hand-delivered to 1556 Salem Road, Beaufort or to 10 Buck Island Road, Bluffton. Be sure to include your name, where you're from and contact information.

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