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May 22, 2008

Celebrate Rocky Shoals Spider Lily Festival May 31 in Columbia

Come out to Riverfront Park in Columbia on May 31 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. for the inaugural Rocky Shoals Spider Lily Festival. Admission is only $5. Riverfront Park is located at the end of Laurel Street just off Huger Street in downtown Columbia.

There will be guided walks, kayak trips to the shoals to view spider lilies, vendors, exhibits and nature photography, bluegrass music, food and fun for all. Proceeds from the festival fund ongoing restoration and education efforts on the spider lily.

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources Scenic Rivers Program will be one of the exhibitors.

The schedule of events includes:

The rare spider lily is a bulbous breed related to the amaryllis. Its name, the "Rocky Shoals Spider Lily," comes from its preferred habitat—rivers in which fast-moving, well-oxygenated water passes over rocks. Such environments are found in the Saluda and the Broad Rivers near the convergence that forms the Congaree River.

DNR protects and manages South Carolina's natural resources by making wise and balanced decisions for the benefit of the state's natural resources and its people.

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