11th Annual Wild Azalea Festival

By: Florida Department of Environmental Protection Release
By: Florida Department of Environmental Protection Release

WHITE SPRINGS -

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Nature and Heritage Tourism Center, Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park and the Special Events Committee for the Town of White Springs will host the Eleventh Annual White Springs Wild Azalea Festival on Saturday, March 19.

Join the Town of White Springs and the State of Florida’s Nature & Heritage Tourism Center as they celebrate the spring bloom of wild azaleas. Festival highlights include musical performances, arts and crafts, the Little Miss Azalea Contest, the Suwannee River Duck Race, rock climbing wall and other outdoor recreational opportunities.

Hundreds of visitors are expected to come to White Springs to spend the day enjoying this street crafts fair where expert artisans will display and sell their handmade specialties. “Wild Azaleas” are a highlight of this event and will be available for purchase along with other native Florida plants. Visitors can listen to the sounds of music as they stroll through historic downtown White Springs.

This year’s event will feature Kitty Tolson Carroll, who will provide an entertaining and educational birds of prey demonstration featuring the ancient art of falconry using free-flying falcons, owls and hawks at the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park. A special exhibit of Florida’s legendary Highwaymen artist R.L. Lewis will be on display at the Nature & Heritage Tourism Center. Meet Mr. Lewis and learn how the Highwaymen depict Florida’s natural beauty through their contemporary art tradition.

The Wild Azalea Festival kicks off Friday afternoon, March 18, with a guided hike along the Suwannee River from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. to view the beautiful and aromatic wild azaleas growing along the river banks. Register for the wild azalea hike by calling 386-397-7009.

The Nature and Heritage Tourism Center is located on CR 136 and US 41 in downtown White Springs. This event is free. Admission to the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park is $5.00 per vehicle, up to eight passengers. For more information, please call Bob Giarda at (386) 397-4478 or visit www.floridastateparks.org/stephenfoster .

This event will take place:

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

March 19, 2011

The State of Florida’s Nature & Heritage Tourism Center

White Springs, Florida

(Located on US 41, three miles from I-75 and nine miles from I-10)


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