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A New Beginning for the Wild Azalea Festival
Street Dance at the Adams Country Store in White Springs

By Tom Moore

The theme for this year’s Wild Azalea Festival in Historic White Springs is “Eat, Dance & Walk Among Artists.” On March 15, the Friday night before the festival in White Springs, you will be able to accomplish two of those instructions. First, there will be “Sweets and Eats.” A tasting party put on by the community and local businesses from 5-7pm in the Community Center.

“This gives everyone a chance to get together and sample the treats made by their friends and neighbors and for businesses to introduce themselves,” states Special Events member Betty Barnes.
There is a $5.00 donation for this all you can taste party. Following this delicious gathering, there will be a Street Dance on Bridge Street with live music featuring Rockbluff Pickin’ Porch Band that will be playing at the Adams Store Street Dance on Friday night March 15th from 7-10  at the Wild Azalea Festival! This event is free.

“I am looking forward to having this new event this year and showing all the additions to the Adams Store to an upbeat crowd,” said Raymond Cheshire, owner and re-designer of the Adams Country Store and its property.

On Saturday, March 16, the eating continues and the “walking among artists” begins at the Wild Azalea Festival. It will start with a pancake breakfast put on by the South Hamilton Elementary teachers and parents at the Community Center from 8-10 am. Artwork by the SHE students will be displayed and judged at the breakfast. There is a $3.50 donation to benefit the school’s funding.
The Wild Azalea Festival begins at 10am on the streets of Historic Downtown White Springs. The Plein Air Painters of Suwannee Valley and other affiliations will be set up throughout White Springs to create their artwork. Upon completion, their artwork will be displayed in an Art Gallery across from the Tourism Center. R.L. Lewis, one of the original Florida Highwaymen, will be showing his works and painting his beautiful Florida scenery in the Tourism Center. Other artist works will be created in the Adams Store compound, as crafters will demonstrate their talents and wares. These will include blacksmithing, woodturning, pottery and multimedia works.

Other arts and crafts will be on display and for sale throughout the day, along with a silent auction of the crafts donated by the artists. Music will be performed from 11am to 2pm. There will be a Childrens’ Area presented by the White Springs Police Department.

The festival will conclude with the crowning of Little Miss Azalea and the world famous Duck race in the Suwannee—where the owner of the first rubber duck to cross under the bridge wins a kayak.
So “Come Eat, Dance & Walk Among Artists” at the Wild Azalea Festival March 15 and 16, and enjoy all the beautiful creations.