HUFFINGTON POST
10/28/2011 10:38 am ET Updated Dec 25, 2011

Thanksgiving In South Carolina: A MapQuest Guide

Thanksgiving in South Carolina is a time for gathering with family and loved ones, expressing gratitude and, of course, eating. As part of TurkeyQuest -- a MapQuest guide to Thanksgiving events, featuring everything from parades to holiday sales to activities for families -- here are two of the best ways to experience Thanksgiving in South Carolina and one opportunity to give back to others.

South Carolina Thanksgiving Events Map

Turkey Day Run & Gobble Wobble 5K


For more than 30 years, runners of all ages and speeds -- and even babes in strollers -- have made the Turkey Day Run & Gobble Wobble 5K through historic downtown Charleston a Lowcountry tradition. The charity-minded contest -- a portion of all the proceeds benefits numerous nonprofit charitable organizations in the Charleston area -- is now the largest 5K race in South Carolina. The night before the event, participants and supporters can load up on carbs at the $5-per-plate Easy Dinner Night, and after the run and the presentation of prizes, a post-race party offers live music, free food and beverages, a beer garden for those of age -- and even appearances by Tom the Turkey. Participants can preregister online, or at the Easy Dinner Night, and fees range from $8 for kids to $35 for adults, including a commemorative T-shirt, although adults can opt out of the T-shirt for just a $30 entry fee. (T-shirts can also be purchased separately.)

337 Meeting St., Charleston, SC 29403

Chitlin' Strut


For those overstuffed with turkey -- and black and blue from Black Friday melees -- the Chitlin' Strut in Salley may be the perfect way to wind down the holiday weekend. For more than four decades, the Chitlin' Strut has drawn as many as 25,000 visitors to the quiet town of Salley to celebrate chitterlings. And what are chitterlings? Why, fried pig intestines, of course. They're one of the South's most unusual foods -- and a favorite for more than 100 years. In addition to chitterlings, the Chitlin' Strut offers numerous food vendors, the Chitlin' Queen Beauty Pageant (with categories as young as 0-12 months old), a "hawg-calling" contest, carnival rides, the Chitlin' Strut Antique Tractor Show and the crowd favorite Chitlin' Strut Parade. Even those who are a bit timid about trying chitterlings will find more than enough activities for a memorable weekend. As the Augusta Chronicle notes, "If you're going to have a festival for pig intestines, you might as well have fun with it." Admission is free.

258 Pine St. NW, Salley, SC 29137

Volunteer: Charleston Basket Brigade


Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to celebrate abundance by giving to others in need, and the Charleston Basket Brigade offers a fun and fulfilling volunteer opportunity for individuals and families. Started by two friends in 2008, the Charleston Basket Brigade has garnered the support of numerous local businesses for fundraising, 100 percent of which goes to purchase food for the baskets. The group seeks volunteers to help assemble baskets at The North Charleston Coliseum in mid-November, and deliver the baskets to those in need. Volunteers are asked to fill out the volunteer information sheet, wear casual clothes and bring a joyful spirit.

5001 Coliseum Drive North Charleston, SC, 29418 | Go to Huffington Post Impact to see how else you can volunteer.

Thanksgiving In South Carolina: Video

This promotional video for the Turkey Day Run and Gobble Wobble 5K gives a terrific overview of the run, as well as the festivities associated with it.

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