Two of the Lowcountry’s most popular sports mascots will be the grand marshals on Saturday, July 21, during the 5th Annual Ladybug Release at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.
More than 200,000 ladybugs will be released after a parade of two red Volkswagen Beetles, resembling giant ladybugs, bring Charlie T. RiverDog and Cool Ray to the lawn in front of Magnolia’s Main House.
Then, hundreds of smiling children will scatter throughout the gardens to watch their ladybugs fly during the Lowcountry’s largest release of the environmentally friendly insect. This year’s release will be the largest number of ladybugs set free at Magnolia.
Ladybugs help control other harmful insects such as aphids and scale insects. The release is designed to teach children how they can help preserve and protect the environment. This event will feature more than 20 exhibits including nature displays, interactive activities, environmental organizations and face painting.
The event starts at 9 a.m. The 10 a.m. distribution of ladybugs will be signaled by the arrival of the Volkswagen Beetles. Activities end at 2 p.m.
Prizes will be awarded during a ladybug costume contest to children ages 3 and under, ages 4 to 6, ages 7 and up and family/group. Judging starts at 11:30 a.m.
Paid garden admission is required to attend the event and children must be accompanied by an adult. Garden admission is $20 for adults, $10 for children 6 to 12 years old and children 5 and under are free. Complimentary passes will not be accepted for this special event.
Participating organizations and activities are:
Berkeley County First Steps
Charleston County Sheriff’s Department
Charleston Fossil Adventures
Charleston RiverDogs baseball team
Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry
Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 12-8
Grice Marine Laboratory, College of Charleston
Keeper of the Wild
MEDUCARE Transport Service, Medical University of South Carolina
S.C. Department of Natural Resources
Sea Kayak Carolina
South Carolina Aquarium
St. Andrews Fire Department
Stingrays hockey team
Tri-County Master Gardeners
Turtle Survivor Alliance
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service
U.S. Coast Guard