Always the third weekend of April, Pickens is holding its Azalea Festival, now in its 26th year.
Russ Gantt, festival coordinator says besides the beautiful azaleas, there’s lots of reasons to be in Pickens this Saturday, April 17.
We’ve got a variety of activities going on. We’ve got a 5-K walk- run Saturday morning, we have a local chili cook-off sponsored by the county Meals-on-wheels. And then we’ll have music on three stages throughout the day on Saturday. And if they’d like more information, they can visit our websites which is http://www.pickensazaleafestival.org
The Pickens Azalea Festival has grown throughout the history of the event. Hosted by locals, Gantt boasts the involvement of more than 40 civic organizations. Gantt says it now covers the entire downtown area or Main Street of Pickens, and they’re expecting over a hundred of vendors for the weekend.
Gantt says the annual event brings in vendors from several states. Visitors will find crafts and an assortment of food that is enticing to even the pickiest of eaters.
The festival brings people from all over South Carolina. We have craft vendors coming from North Carolina, Georgia. We even have a vendor coming even from Florida. I think it’s very important to the community to bring people into the area that maybe have not been here before.
The Pickens Azalea Festival -one of the many South Carolina festivals giving us the opportunity to show off the beauty and meet the people of our state.
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