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Businesses Predict Thousands To Flock for Bluffton Art & Seafood Fest

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BLUFFTON, S.C. -

Streets in Bluffton are overcome with artwork and oysters this week for the ninth annual Bluffton Art & Seafood Festival.  

It's a week packed with events that kicks-off Sunday with an art exhibition, the blessing of the fleet, and the first oyster roast of the season at Bluffton Oyster Company. 

Organizer Mary O'Neil says this is the week thousands of visitors will bring an economic boost to the area.

"Between ten and 20 thousand this entire week, people from all over come. We fill the hotels and bring business to our fellow business people," O'Neil says.

For the artists who line Calhoun Street, the festival is about supporting local talent and appreciating their roots.

"I hope for people to come out and to educate them a little bit about the artwork," says painter Patricia Savie.

Savie displays some of her Gullah Geechee artwork on her table. She tells passersby the stories behind her paintings.

"I think they should cherish the arts and the art festival because it tells a story, it's a legacy. You have to look at people behind the scene who did the work," she says. 

Shoppers alike say they appreciate the scenery from the streets.

"We've been up and down the streets and it's a beautiful day, what better to do in Bluffton on a Sunday?" remarks Sean Szymanski.

The events continue through the week with boat and kayak tours along the May River, oyster shucking demonstrations, and even a seafood festival that will close Calhoun Street to vehicle traffic come Saturday. 

"We always had this dream that we wanted to give back to the community in this great festival that celebrates everything we're about," O'Neil says.

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