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Shrimp Boat Playground to open at DuBois Park Saturday


Members of the 2013 Helton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class and town officials will debut the Shrimp Boat Playground at DuBois Park at 10:30 a.m. May 11. In addition to the traditional ribbon-cutting, they are asking residents, their children and their pets to gather for the first-ever Bluffton celebratory dance called "The Shrimp Boat Shake." The dance, which is modeled after "The Harlem Shake," will be led by the Bluffton High School Dance Team.

The dance team members will dress as shrimp boat captains and perform "The Shrimp Boat Shake," as residents, their children and their pets provide the sea creatures for the dance.  Folks are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite sea creature. Face painters and a balloon twister will also be on hand at the park at 9:30 a.m. Ideas for homemade costumes can be found at

"The beauty of Bluffton is we love to celebrate our town," Mayor Lisa Sulka said in a press release. "What is a better way to introduce our town's children to their newest playground than having them be the sea creatures for a landlocked boat? It's the perfect day, the perfect festival and the perfect energy for Blufftonians to be creative and fun."

The 2013 Leadership Class helped to raise more than $21,000 to fund the new playground. A $5,000 parks and recreation development grant from the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism funded the new swing set at the park.  

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