Southeastern Wildlife Expo sets record in South Carolina

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The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition says it had record sales for a second consecutive year in South Carolina.

The annual three-day event wrapped up Sunday in Charleston.

Organizers estimate about 45,000 people attended. That’s ahead of last year’s estimate of 43,000. Last year’s attendance broke the record of 42,000 set in 1993.

Expo Chief Executive Jimmy Huggins said Monday he hopes the event heralds a good tourism season for Charleston this year.

Organizers said there had been a 15 percent increase in advance ticket sales and a 40 percent increase in weekend art sales.