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March 6, 2014

14th Annual Wild Azalea Festival coming to White Springs March 14-15

Come eat, dance, walk among artists and run by the river

Jasper — The two-day 14th Annual Wild Azalea Festival in historic White Springs begins Friday, March 14, with a guided hike along the Suwannee River from 4-6 p.m. Then it’s on to a Sweets & Eats Tasting Party at the Community Center from 5-7 p.m. where a $5 donation is requested.

“The food tasting party gives the community a chance to get together and sample the treats made by their friends and neighbors, and for businesses to introduce themselves to the community,” said Betty Barnes, special events member.

Be sure to hang around Friday night for some live music by DV3, which will be emceed by a local disc jockey. The Adams Store Street Dance begins at 7 p.m. in front of the Adams Country Store.

Bright and early Saturday, March 15, the 5K Wild Azalea Run by the River begins at 8 a.m.. There will also be a Fireman’s Breakfast from 7-10 a.m., presented by the White Springs Volunteer Fire Department, after which all the downtown activities will come to life from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Come see handmade arts and crafts featuring on-site demonstrations and marvel at the artistry of original Florida Highwayman R.L. Lewis, who will be demonstrating and displaying his works in the tourism center.

The Adams Country Store will be open so that you can view the antiques owner Raymond Cheshire has collected and placed on display. Craft demonstrations will be taking place in the Adams Store compound and will include a blacksmith, wood turner, potter and multimedia craftsman.       

There will be live music featuring local musicians onstage from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. A special children’s area will also be set up at the entrance to Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park.

Plus, keep your eyes peeled for beautiful blooming wild azaleas as far as the eye can see. The day will wind down with the Little Miss Azalea Contest, which always draws a large crowd. First place winner will receive a $250 gift card to Walmart.

Be sure to purchase a duck and cheer your little quacker to victory as it races down the Suwannee River and around the bend to the finish line. First prize is a brand new kayak.

The Wild Azalea Festival is proudly brought to you by the town of White Springs Special Events Committee and Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park.

For more information go to www.whitesprings.org or www.stephenfostercso,org. To register for the hike, send an e-mail to specialeventsws@gmail.com. To register for the 5K run go to www.active.com or call White Springs Town Hall at 386-397-2310.

This event is funded in part by a grant from the Hamilton County Tourism Development Council.

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