While CMA Fest in Nashville will always be a draw, Myrtle Beach residents openly note that their own country music showcase has already become the beginning of tourism season for the area.

During a week that saw the largest country music festival in the world draw tourists from all over the planet to Music City, Carolina Country Music Festival in Myrtle Beach made their claim as the Cinderella music festival of the season, pulling in an audience eager to take in major musical talents while the kids build sandcastles two blocks away.