A great article in The Post and Courier –
Wildlife Expo set to kick off 2014 Charleston tourism season
A major draw at the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition is its display of exotic animals, many of which have been rescued and rehabilitated by conservationists. But few visitors at the event this weekend may realize that SEWE has a redemption story of its own.
When Jimmy Huggins took the event under his wing in 1987, the annual wildlife extravaganza was on the verge of bankruptcy.
SEWE was established in 1983 by a group of business owners in Columbia to showcase regional wildlife art and the Southeastern sporting life in Charleston. Although popular in its initial years, the February event had fallen victim to poor financial planning, Huggins said.