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A Charleston-based outdoor entertainment company Wednesday released plans for its inaugural outdoor festival scheduled for August.

Yonder Field plans to host a family-oriented event, the Solar Eclipse Festival, at its Bowman site Monday, Aug. 21.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for families to make lifetime memories together,” said Stacie Darr White, president and general manager of Yonder Field. “The last time a total solar eclipse took place in the United States was 38 years ago, and we are incredibly fortunate that Yonder Field is located in the path of totality for South Carolina. The surrounding race, incredible music, movie and option to camp equates to a perfect family event.”

The event will include an inflatable obstacle course (The Giant Inflatable Race), music featuring Uncle Kracker as well as South Carolina’s own Edwin McCain and Corey Smith.

A movie will also be shown to end the night.

The Great Inflatable Race includes team competitions, a children’s competition and an opportunity for kids of all ages to join in during “Open Play.”

The team and children’s competitions will include prizes for the winners as well as costume contests for both teams and kids.

Guests will have the opportunity to camp overnight on Sunday, Aug. 20 starting at 4 p.m., and campers may stay through 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 22.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase throughout the event as well as in the campground area.

Yonder Field canceled its initial plans to hold its inaugural concert on Memorial Day weekend, noting vendor delays.

The 218-acre outdoor venue is located off Log Cabin Road. The road is off of Homestead Road, north of Bowman.

Initially, the company projected an estimated 10 to 15 concerts would occur annually, with a $40-50 million economic impact on the local economy. An estimated 20,000 to 30,000 people are expected to attend the concerts.

Yonder Field is projected to employ 300 to 400 seasonal workers, such as parking staff, guest services staff, security, stage crews and cleaning staff.

The Yonder Field project has caused concern for some Bowman area neighbors, who have sought relief through a number of appearances before Orangeburg County Council.

Opponents have expressed concerns about traffic, noise, the impact on the environment, emergency response, security, litter, quality of life, drunkenness and property values.

Orangeburg County Council has implemented a number of plans for the concert related to noise, emergencies and law enforcement.


Business Reporter

Gene Zaleski is a reporter/staff writer with The Times and Democrat.

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