Beaufort Water Festival talent show features 31 performers

The popular talent show is on Wednesday night as the 65th annual Beaufort Water Festival continues.

Residents usually turn out in droves to see their children, relatives and friends take the main stage.

This year, 31 contestants will take part in a kind of variety show, which features singing and dancing and other talents.

Judges choose first, second and third place winners in different categories.

“We suggest people come early to place chairs as this is a very popular community event,” said festival spokesman James Nutt.

Waterfront Park gates open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. The cost is $10, but you can enter for free with an official 65th Annual Water Festival 2021 t-shirt. These cost $15.

In 2016, Commodore Erin “Tank” Morris took the photo that the t-shirt design is based on. Beaufort Water Festival

Children 5 and under enter free.

The arts and crafts market continues from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the promenade.


The Tsunami Waver Riders, who bill themselves as the No. 1 island party band in the Carolinas, will perform at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Waterfront Park.

The band uses Caribbean steel drums, Hawaiian ukulele and lap-steel guitar and plays popular dance beats that should keep you in an island state of mind. The band plays a mix of originals and popular island-inspired songs from artists such as Bob Marley, Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown, the Beach Boys, the Drifters and Harry Belafonte.

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Deas-Guyz performed during Motown Monday at the Beaufort Water Festival. Beaufort Water Festival

Cost is $5 and doors open at 7 p.m. The Arts and Crafts Market takes place from noon to 7 p.m. at Waterfront Park.

Island Time Tuesday is also the premier night of response and military appreciation, with free admission for those with active duty ID.

See the full schedule of events at

Wednesday July 21

The Lowcountry Supper is 6-7:30 p.m. Cost is $15. Entertainment is Andrew Beam, with opening act Chris Jones featuring the Whistlers.

Children 5 and under enter free.

Karl Puckett covers the town of Beaufort, the town of Port Royal and other communities north of the Broad River for The Beaufort Gazette and Island Packet. The Minnesota native has also worked at newspapers in his home state of Alaska, Wisconsin and Montana.

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