Malik, 15, and Tyrek, 13, Pinckney started miming a little more than a year ago, but Wednesday's Beaufort Water Festival Talent Show was their first competition.
But for the brothers, just performing made them winners.
The Pinckney duo from Yemassee was one of 34 acts in the show, most of which involved dancing and singing. Friends and family members crowded the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park and loudly cheered for their picks during the show.
The Pinckneys, who perform under the name "God's Spiritual Messengers," offered a mime and dance combination to "Grace" by BeBe and CeCe Winans, a song about how God's grace keeps a brother and sister together.
"It's an easy way of expressing my feelings about God instead of preaching," Tyrek said.
Most of the performances were by children and teenagers.
The Preceptor Omega Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority hosted the competition, which was sponsored by McDonalds.
Hope you didn't miss: The weekly downtown Beaufort Farmers Market on West Street. The market had been held by the Downtown Marina in previous years, but organizers moved it to West Street this year to create more of a festival experience. The market runs is every Wednesday from 3 to 7 p.m. and includes fresh produce, crafters, restaurants and live entertainment.
Better not miss: The Lowcountry Supper line starts forming at 4:30 p.m. today, festival organizers said, even though food won't be served until 6 p.m. when the gates open. The meal goes quickly, which is why people line up early, and serving will end no later than 7:30 p.m. The band Broke Locals will play before the main act, Too Much Sylvia. Tickets: $15.
Volunteer of the day: Nikki Woods, 39, of Burton, has only taken one day off from volunteering at the festival, and it was only so her blistered feet could heal and she could buy new tennis shoes.
Despite the pain, and although this is her first year volunteering, the mother of four said she loves spending every day from 7 to 3 a.m. helping keep coolers stocked and icy cold.
"It's just the interacting with the community and meeting other people," she said. "Being a stay-at-home mom, I don't get this chance usually."
Socially speaking: "Water Festival Ski Show. My mother, her sister, brother, and others used to be in this show. My Grandfather drove the boat. I ask them every year if they want to pass by the seawall just once during the festival. No luck yet. I keep waiting for a maybe so I can ask permission from the Water Festival organizers. I think it would be cute." LaNelle Fabian, via Facebook.
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