Photos from Sunday's 29th Annual Lowcountry Oyster Festival

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Update January 30: The Post and Courier has nearly 60 photos from Sunday's Lowcountry Oyster Festival.

There hasn't been an official tally on how many people attended, but judging by yesterday's beautiful weather and the massive crowds, it seems they may have reached their goal of 14,000 attendees.

Hop over to The Post and Courier and take a look at the photo gallery.

First reporting: The Charleston Restaurant Association will be hosting the 29th annual and ever-popular Lowcountry Oyster Festival on Sunday, January 29th.

Located on the 700+ acre grounds of historic Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant, the Lowcountry Oyster Festival is the world’s largest oyster festival and has been named one of the “top 20 events in the southeast” by the Southeastern Tourism Society. More than 10,000 guests and 80,000 pounds of oysters are expected throughout the day on the back lawn of the plantation.

Other highlights include the legendary Oyster Shucking and Oyster Eating Contests, a selection of domestic and imported beers, live music on the main stage and a Children’s Area. For those who are not so keen on the mighty mollusk, there will be alternate food selections from a variety of Charleston area restaurants.

Tickets for the event are on sale now and would make a nice holiday gift for the oyster lover in your life. Prices are $12 in advance and $15 at the gate. Proceeds for this event will go to local charities including the Ronald McDonald House, Hospitality Heroes, Hollings Cancer Center and the Charleston County Schools Science Materials Resource Center.

To sneak a peek at what you're in for at the festival, take a look back at The Post and Courier's photo gallery from the 2011 event.

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