Rice Festival kicks off with bicycle ride, Taste | News | The Press and Standard

by | April 14, 2016 5:00 am

Last Updated: April 13, 2016 at 2:24 pm

This year’s 41st annual Rice Festival will kick off with the Tour de Lowcountry bicycle ride Saturday morning.
The event will feature a bicycle ride from Walterboro down Highway 17A through Hendersonville to Colleton’s plantations on White Hall Road.
The route for the 62-mile ride will leave from Palmetto Rural Telephone on Robertson Boulevard, go through Hendersonville on Highway 17A, down Ritter Road to White Hall Road, said Jeffrey Herndon, one of the organizers. Bikers will then ride down Highway 21 through Jonesville, Sniders, Hudson’s Mill and Jones Swamp before looping back to Jefferies Boulevard through Academy Acres and ending back at PRTC.
Registration begins at 7 a.m. with the ride at 8 a.m. Race day fee is $35 with a T-shirt while supplies last. Helmets are required. Riders will ride, rain or shine. For information visit ricefestival.org.
For those who want a slightly more laid back start to their festival fun, the Taste of Walterboro will be Tuesday April 19 from 6-8 Taste 2015_8269p.m. at the Colleton County Museum and Farmers Market. Tickets are $20 and are on sale at the Walterboro-Colleton Chamber of Commerce and Griffin Jewelry.
Vendors providing this year’s cuisine include Buck’s Pizza, Cook Enterprises, Captain D’s, Everything BBQ, A Soulful Taste, Smalls Catering, Carmine’s Trattoria & Bar, Pruitt Health of Walterboro, Bojangles, Hangtime Lounge and Grill, Atol Bakery, Williams Seafood, Thunderbolt Career and Technology Center, Jimmy Fitts Catering, and Shoney’s.
Sponsors for the Taste are Enterprise Bank of S.C., Palmetto Rural Telephone, Donald J. Holmes, American Forest Management, Walterboro Motor Sales, State Farm/Les Jordan, P. Spencer Witkin, D.M.D., Edisto Orthopedics and Spots Medicine, Lucas Electric Company, Bank of Walterboro, Lowcountry Pest Control, Michael C. McEinery, D.M.D., J.H. Hiers Construction, C.T. Lowndes and Company, SCV Oil and Beach Electrical Service.
Those  attending the Taste must be over 21.
Other festival events get into full swing Friday April 22 with a number of activities, including the return of Dock Dogs and the new BMX Bike Shows. Check this year’s Rice Festival magazine (inserted into the April 14 edition of The Press and Standard) or visit ricefestival.org for information.

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