LITTLE RIVER, SC (WMBF) - Organizers say every year is a learning experience, and this year they will be exploring two new ideas that will not only keep the streets clean, but make it more enjoyable for attendees to get to and from the festival.
"This year we're going to do something new, we're going to have a water taxi!" Jennifer Walters said.
Walters, Executive Director of Little River's Chamber of Commerce, says the water taxi will be another alternative to parking on the side streets of the event, which is where neighbors were seeing most of the trash last year.
"By designating satellite parking, taking the tourist shuttle, take you right to the front gate, can't get any closer than that. Take the Sea Screamer from Harbor Gate Marina, it'll be right off the dock at the waterfront, can't get any closer than that. That way everybody will be safe, you'll have a safe place to park and you'll be returned to your car," Walters explained.
The chamber has also adopted the waterfront streets and Mineola Ave through Palmetto Pride, and this year, the weekend before the festival they will have a community clean-up.
"We had a crew cleaning up but we felt that going the extra step and having the community residents and citizens buy into it, that we really own it," Walters said.
If people do happen to leave anything behind, the chamber's goal is to leave the streets as if there were never a festival.
"We actually have the fire department come and wash down the streets after the festival so we're really meticulous and diligent about leaving the waterfront community better than when we found it," Walters explained.
The chamber's goal is to bring new people in every year and give them a reason to plan a trip during the off-season.
"The waterway is our playground, and they'll come back, dine at our restaurants, go out on the jet skis, the dolphin cruise, the casino boats, so it's a way to introduce people to the Little River community.
The festival will be both October 10th and 11th.