The Original Gullah Festival of South Carolina, Inc., a non-profit, tax-exempt organization of Beaufort, was established in 1985 with its first festival being held in 1986 by natives of Beaufort to continue a four-day celebration of the historical, significant Sea Island heritage. Its goal is to reclaim for future generations the beauty and mystery of the disappearing Gullah Culture, a mix of West African legacy and American experience, to help Arts in Education, and to foster a better understanding of, and appreciation for the culture. Highlights include consumer, educational, and historical workshops, a fine arts exhibit, demonstrations and a potpourri of music and food for everyone. The Gullah Festival is held once a year and is attended by hundreds that come from everywhere.