After bouncing around downtown, the South Carolina Oyster Festival is going home.
The 14th annual event will be held Sunday on the grounds of the Robert Mills House and Hampton-Preston Mansion on Blanding Street.
"Basically, we're taking it back to the original location," said Shawn Rankin of Liquid Assets, which started the festival.
In recent years, the oyster shuckfest has been held at Finlay Park and Riverfront Park. Then it was at Capital City Stadium for a few years. And there was that year the party moved to Headliners because of rain.
Local festivals here have a lot in common - an abundance of asphalt and concrete. Going home provides at least one immediate perk for the oyster festival: grounds with grass and trees.
"I think it's going to be a great atmosphere," Rankin said. "It's very rare people get to hang out on the grounds in that type of atmosphere.
"Historic Columbia is doing a lot to enhance the day. There's a lot of added value."
Guests will be able to tour the Robert Mills House, one of five National Historic Landmarks in Columbia, from noon to 4 p.m.
But what about the oysters and the music?
BAWA Oyster Company will prepare 5,000 pounds of fresh oysters that will be served steamed or fried. Gloves and oyster shuckers will be sold, but you can bring your own. (If you don't like oysters, there will be plenty of other things to eat, as well.)
There will be two stages of music. One, near Hampton-Preston Mansion, will feature Blue Dogs, Woodwork Roadshow, The Plowboys, The Blue Iguanas and Casual Kings.
On the other, under the trees at the Robert Mills House, Danielle Howle and Josh McCaa will perform. It will be a softer, acoustic stage where you can sit, shuck and talk without yelling over the noise blaring from speakers. About sitting: The oyster festival is an event that encourages attendees to bring lawn chairs and blankets.
"We're trying to spread it out, do it a little more family friendly," Rankin said.
As if offering a homecoming present, there will be a wine pavilion this year. The featured drink will be a mimosa, a champagne and orange juice mix. For Gamecock fans, it could be a cure from a Florida Gator hangover or, if the stars align, it could extend the weekend celebration.
"For a Sunday afternoon, being downtown in those settings, we felt (the wine pavilion) would be a good match," Rankin said.
That's right, the festival is on Sunday after years of being held on Saturdays.
"We started on Sunday," Rankin said. "We kind of wanted to take everything back.
"A lot of the hospitality people don't work on Sunday, and it's their only day out."
A lot of people go home on Sunday.