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Posted on: February 13, 2017

30th Annual Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival Named STS Top 20 Event

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MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (February 13, 2017) – The Southeastern Tourism Society has named the Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival one of the STS Top 20 Events for April 2017. East Cooper Medical Center and Harris Teeter both return as Co-Presenting Sponsors for the 30th annual celebration on Sunday, April 30, from 11:00 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Memorial Waterfront Park.

“The Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Festival and Event list is an excellent guide for the Southeast’s visitors, residents and travel writers. The events selected represent the best, and often most unique, activities in our region,” said Bill Hardman, president and CEO of the Southeast Tourism Society.

This marks the tenth consecutive year that East Cooper Medical Center has held the presenting sponsorship and the fourth year since Harris Teeter joined the festival.

“East Cooper Medical Center is proud that this will be our tenth year as a sponsor for the Blessing of the Fleet. The fact that last year our hospital celebrated 30 years of providing quality medical care to our community makes the 30th anniversary of the Blessing of the Fleet even more special,” said CEO Jason Alexander.

“Harris Teeter is proud to be a co-presenting sponsor of the Blessing of the Fleet for the fourth year in a row,” said Danna Robinson, communication manager for Harris Teeter. “Harris Teeter’s commitment to the Lowcountry runs deep and sourcing high-quality, local products is extremely important to us, so we are proud to celebrate Charleston seafood suppliers, while also supporting this fun, family event.”

The Blessing of the Fleet and Seafood Festival pays tribute to Mount Pleasant's local shrimping and fishing industry, offering a boat parade, live music and a variety of free activities with the picturesque Ravenel Bridge and Charleston Harbor for a backdrop.

The STS is dedicated to promoting and developing tourism in its member states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. In 1985, in recognition of the unique, diverse and unparalleled events in the region, STS began the Top 20 Events award program.

A Top 20 Award seeks to bring more publicity and recognition to the best events in the Southeast. Travel industry experts select 20 events per month, and STS publicizes them throughout the United States.

For more information about the 30th Annual Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival presented by East Cooper Medical Center and Harris Teeter, visit ExperienceMountPleasant.com or the Facebook event page.
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