Winyah Bay Heritage Festival held all weekend long in historic Georgetown

Event organizers at the 7th Annual Winyah Bay Heritage Festival say this was their busiest year yet. Hundreds of people showed up for the event located along Front Street in historic Georgetown.

Event committee member Janet Williams explained that the festival was started to celebrate the history of hunting and fishing of Winyah Bay, the geographic region now known as Georgetown, SC.

The county's beautiful landscape along with these long-held gaming traditions also inspired many writers and artists to flock to the region, Williams added.

The Heritage Festival features roughly 35 vendors, many selling hunting and fishing-related merchandise. Dozens of dogs also participated in Dock Dogs, a dog aquatics competition.

This is the first year that the event was held along historic Front Street, which Williams says could explain the bigger turnout. "Moving to Front Street and being able to share it with the people has really brought out a lot more people than we were even expecting, so we are really thrilled and hope everyone had a good time."

Although admission is free, T-shirts and decoys are being sold to benefit the Georgetown County Museum with history exhibits including the rice plantation-era and the Civil War period.

The event goes until 4 p.m. on Sunday.