Charleston's First Day Festival kicks off school year

This is the 6th time the city is hosting the event to "generate excitement in the community about the beginning of the new school year."

Last year’s festival drew 7,000 to 8,000 children and parents and 92 exhibitors. That draw is in no small part attributable to free food, some free school supplies, and free admission to the aquarium.

The first day of school in Charleston and Dorchester counties is two days later on Tuesday, August 19. Berkeley County starts back on the 18th.

The even is at Liberty Square near the S.C. Aquarium Sunday, August 17 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Parking will be available for $1.

Here's all the goodies the flier was touting:

Education Exhibits
Free Boat Rides
Tour the SC Aquarium
Free School Supplies (while they last)
Child Safety and Prevention
Face Painting
Recreation Activities
Free Food at the Food Court
Countdown to Kindergarten
Fishing Activities
Misting Tent
Tour the Fort Sumter Museum
And More!

The city held a "design the logo" contest for students aged 11 to 15 years and the winner will be unveiled at the festival.