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19th Annual Wild Azalea Festival

Photo - Above: Visitors to the Wild Azalea Festival enjoyed shopping the 30 plus craft and food vendors at the festival.

Photo - Left: Rebecca Chambers, of Lake City, was glad she came early to get some azalea plants as they were all sold out well before noon. She brought her three dogs to the event to enjoy the day. The dogs, Bling, right, and Boomer are in the stroller and Lady is the dog on the leash. Bling and Lady are both rescue dogs with heartbreaking stories to tell that end like a fairytale as they were rescued by their forever mom, Rebecca.
-SVT Photos by Tami Stevenson

The 19th Annual Wild Azalea Festival was held last Saturday. This is the second year in their new location at the Bailey F Ogburn Recreational Facility in White Springs. In prior years, the Wild Azalea Festival was held in the center of town but traffic and other concerns led organizers to find a new location. According to Paige Bullard, president of the special events committee, the new location has worked out nicely.

The event kicked off with a 5K Walk followed by a hearty pancake breakfast. All of the azalea plants sold out well before noon. Bullard said she will be sure to have more for next year. They featured live music from various bands throughout the day – feature band was Kapowski from St. Augustine. Approximately 30 craft and food vendors set up for the event. Other activities included raffles, bounce houses and children’s activities such as sand art and face painting. The much awaited duck race had to be canceled this year due to the high water levels on the Suwannee River, so they basically selected a random duck from among the participants, according to Bullard. The names of the winners were not available at press time.

Toast of White Springs, a food sampling event with live music, was held the evening before. The cost was $7.50 per plate and featured a wide variety of locally donated food from hors d’oeuvres to desserts. It went so well, according to Volunteer Tracy Godbold, they ran out of food.

“Everyone had a good time,” said Godbold.

Duck Race

Grand Prize Winner was Sandra Craver of Live Oak, won a 2-night stay for two in a cabin at Bienville Plantation.

2nd place winner Eric Norman of Lake City, won weekend passes to the Florida Folk Festival. Courtesy of Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park.

3rd place winner Jamie Swain of Live Oak, won a $100 gift certificate to Central States Enterprises, LLC.
Raffle winner Shauna Adams-Farries of White Springs won a sterling silver necklace and matching earrings, courtesy of Chastain’s Jewelers in the Lake City Mall. 
Nicole Hunter won the gift basket raffle courtesy of InStyle in the Lake City Mall.
Paula Greene won the 50/50 raffle for a cash prize of $30.