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Coastal Uncorked event moved to Labor Day weekend

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Changes are coming to Coastal Uncorked, including the date and location of the festival.

The culinary event will be pushed back to Labor Day Weekend instead of its typical June date and will move to Broadway at the Beach.

There will also be no trolley rides from location to location. This was a big draw for many of people visiting the event, but organizers hope to have the trolleys be their own separate event.

“During a timeframe when occupancy isn't so high on Ocean Boulevard and it doesn't cause much impact moving those trolleys up and down,” explained Stephen Greene, the President of the Myrtle Beach Hospitality Association.

Speaking of separate events and congestion on Ocean Boulevard, the big reason for changing dates is because of the Carolina Country Music Festival set the same weekend as the original date for Coastal Uncorked.

“We looked at are the resources there to support both events at the same time and as both events is it better to separate in different times,” said Greene.

Lt. Joey Crosby with the Myrtle Beach Police Department pointed out they do have resources to plan and protect the crowds at both events. However, by separating the festivals, officers can focus their attention on one at a time.

Greene said organizers took many factors into account before changing the date. He pointed out many people expressed concern over not being able to go to both festivals. He also looked at the hospitality numbers and even football games scheduled before choosing Labor Day Weekend.

“[The music festival] will be the kick off for the summer and we hope to close out the summer with a great event,” said Greene.

By holding the event at Broadway at the Beach, Stephen Greene said there is more space for the event to grow, along with infrastructure in place to support the crowd, such as free parking. While he hopes to hold the event on Labor Day Weekend for years to come, Greene said organizers are considering other venues for future festivals.

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