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May 27, 2009

Celebrate Rocky Shoals Spider Lily Festival May 30 in Columbia

Come out to Riverfront Park in Columbia from 3-8 p.m. on Saturday, May 30 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, live 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 (DNR) Scenic Rivers Program will be one of the exhibitors.

The schedule of events includes:

The spider lily, a beautiful rare plant, 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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