Imagine…..65,000 pounds of oysters. Two tractor-trailers full of oysters will roll onto the grounds at Boone Hall Plantation on Sunday, January 27, 2008 to kick off the 25th Annual Lowcountry Oyster Festival. This event has been named in the “top 20 events in the southeast” by the Southeastern Tourism Society.Held by the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association, the “Oyster Fest” gates open at 10:30 am with free parking available. Besides having plenty of oysters available, other food will be available. The “Food Court” features food from some of the area’s popular restaurants, enough to satisfy every taste.Activities on the main stage include: the “Oyster Shucking Contest”, the “Oyster Eating Contest” and local live entertainment. A favorite to watch or participate in! Also, the winner of the “Oyster Recipe Contest” will be announced and the kids will love the “Children’s Area” designed to keep them happy and having fun.Oysters are sold by the bucket (approximately 3-4 dozen) for market value and served with cocktail sauce and crackers. You can BYO knife and glove or you can purchase them at the event. Beer, soft drinks and other beverages will be sold.Proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House, Hollings Cancer Center, Travel Council and Charleston County Science Materials Resource Center.Advance tickets for the 25th Annual Oyster Festival are on sale for $10.00 and are available at all Charleston area Applebee’s Restaurants, through the Association Office, and available for purchase and immediate printing online – click here. Tickets can also be purchased at the event for $12.00 (kids 10 and younger are admitted free when accompanied with an adult).