Organizers of one of the largest music festivals in Dorchester County’s recent history in November donated a portion of the proceeds to Givhans Ferry State Park.

The park served as a venue for the first Edisto Blackwater Boogie; a family-friendly live music concert spanning two days in October.

“We are very pleased with the outcome of the event and the opportunity to showcase our park,” said Brandon Goff, manager of Givhans Ferry. “We look forward to using the donation to enhance the park by creating a new riverside trail atop our unique limestone bluffs.”

Goff said the money will be used to create overlook areas along the bluff trail and install seating for park visitors to enjoy unobstructed views of the longest free-flowing blackwater river in North America.

“The overall goal of the park improvements is to allow folks to get access to the river, and have a peaceful view while enjoying it.”

Givhans Ferry State Park boasts 988 acres of Lowcountry splendor and features river access, cabin rentals, camping, Riverfront Hall, picnic shelters and a nature trail.

The idea of the event came from local musician Dan Riley, who dreamed up the event while kayaking on the blackwater river. The concert showcased three different stages for live performances of American roots music. In addition there were food trucks, outdoor activities, and artisan vendors.

“(The festival) went better than expected; there were no major issues and we raised money for the park,” Riley said.

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Dan Riley welcomes guests to the Edisto Blackwater Boogie at Givhans Ferry State Park.

Although a 2020 date has not yet been selected, Riley is working on the return of the Edisto Blackwater Boogie.

He said organizers need more volunteers and musicians to sign up.

He said he plans to promote the festival much earlier as well.

To learn more about the 2020 concert, visit for the latest updates.