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Barring a dramatic and unforeseen shift in the weather, it looks like we can start thinking about spring. Once March get here, all sorts of fun things begin to fill the calendar, and our urge to hit the open road grows stronger. Here are some unique events and festivals coming to North and South Carolina that cover a wide range of interests:

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March 9-10: Body & Movement Explored (Columbia, SC) A must if you have a dancer in the family.

March 13-17: Charleston Fashion Week (Charleston, SC) It’s a fashionistas paradise.

March 16-18: Cape Fear Wildlife Expo (Fayetteville, NC) Fishing, hunting, and more.

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March 24: Aiken Imperial Cup Spring Steeplechase (Aiken, SC) Horse racing for a great cause.

March 31: Carolina & Colonial Cup (Camden, SC) More horsies!

March 31-April 8: Spring Break at Chimney Rock State Park (Chimney Rock, NC) Family-friendly fun in the great outdoors.

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April 6-7: Firefest (Star, NC) Watch glass, clay, and metal artists in action.

April 7: Blowing Rock Trout Derby (Blowing Rock, NC) Celebrate the first day of trout season by catching one.

April 13-14: Classic Antique Power Farm Heritage Days (Benson, NC) Vintage tractors and farm equipment on display.

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April 20-28: ArtFields (Lake City, SC) Art exhibits and competition.

April 28: Lincolnton Food, Wine & Brew Fest (Lincolnton, NC) The name just about says it all.

April 30-31: Southport Spring Festival (Southport, NC) 160 vendors, kids activities, and you’re at the beach!