From the beginning, the Beaufort Water Festival was closely tied to the river it drew people to for boat and swim races and ski competitions.
Young women came from across South Carolina for a chance to become the Queen of the Sea Islands, and attendees danced into the night at the Regatta Ball and Water Festival Ball.
As the city gears up for the 58th annual festival July 19 to 28, the Beaufort History Museum is putting together a special exhibit on the event's past. It includes photos, T-shirts, programs, newspaper clippings and memorabilia from previous years.
The exhibit officially opens Tuesday and is included in the $3 admission to the museum, which is on the first floor of Beaufort City Hall, 1911 Boundary St. Museum members attend free.
The museum is open 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays through Thursdays.
Information: 843-277-1443, BeaufortSCHistoryMuseum@gmail.com
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