The Great Oyster Point Runoff
The goal of the entire SPLASH Event Series is to encourage the public and clean water enthusiasts nationwide to discover, learn about, and celebrate the many ways to have fun on, in, or by the water, all while participating in educational exhibits, gear demonstrations, instructional workshops, and coastal clean-ups. The event also aims to educate local residents about storm water runoff, the most common cause of water pollution throughout the nation.
The Great Oyster Point
Saturday, November 5, 2011 (11AM-4PM)
FREE to Attend
FREE to Attend; $10 to Float (pre-event); $15 to Float (day-of); limited amount of rental kayaks, canoes, and SUP available at the event
On November 5, 2011, the Colonial Common (Colonial Lake and Moultrie Playground) will be transformed into the site of a day-long festival, honoring and celebrating Charleston’s right to clean, fishable, swimmable, and enjoyable waterways. The Great Oyster Point Runoff is a Waterkeeper Alliance SPLASH Series Event, presented nationally by Toyota in partnership with KEEN.
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All Day (11AM-4PM)
WATER FESTIVAL — Sponsors, nonprofits, and water-focused clubs will be on hand to talk about the many ways to celebrate our waterways. Whether it is on, in, or around our water, we’ll have information for everyone. Vendors will be providing gear demos, workshops, and rentals for all those in attendance.
MUSIC — What’s a festival without music?! We’ve got a great lineup of music throughout the day, including the following acts: Mark Mandeville & Old Constitution, the South Carolina Broadcasters, and more.
FOOD & DRINK — Between food trucks (Taco Boy, Strada Cucina, and more) and oysters, we’ll make sure none of you go hungry during the Great Oyster Point Runoff. And to wash it all down, there will be a beer garden featuring local and national brewers dedicated to clean water and good brew!
11:00AM – 12:45PM OPEN PADDLE — All are welcome to spend the day paddling around Colonial Lake in a kayak, canoe, or on a SUP. Participants must be registered to launch their boat.
1:00PM – 2:00PM Poseidon’s Parade — Poseidon’s Parade will be a grand display of our right to clean water. Charleston Waterkeeper invites all kayaks, canoes, and SUP to parade around Colonial Lake for a three-lap celebration of our waterways. Participants are invited to dress in festive water-related attire. Spectators are invited to bring noise makers and signs.
2:15PM – 3:15PM Exhibition Race — All are welcome to compete in the Great Oyster Point Runoff Exhibition Race. Kayaks, canoes, and SUP are welcome to compete for the Great Oyster Point Runoff Championship Belt. The race will involve one lap of Colonial Lake (with some obstacles here and there).
3:30PM – 4:00PM Awards & Prizes — Awards will be given to the finest competitors and participants of the day’s events. Some of the categories will include: best costume, best boat/board decorations, winner of the exhibition race, and largest fundraiser.
* Schedule is subject to change. All paddlers MUST be registered and must check in on the day of the event.
For more information and to register to float on Colonial Lake, visithttp://oysterpoint.org/.