The 11Th Annual Azalea Festival kicked off Saturday at Drexel Park.
People turned out to enjoy the food, games and all the shops set up by vendors.
Residents out this weekend say it's a great event that helps draw the community closer.
"People need to know that we have something special in Valdosta," said James Myers. "They need to come out and get involved with the activities going on in Valdosta. And be apart of it because it takes everybody to make a city."
Tough economic times almost kept the festival from going on but residents say they're glad organizers were able to get the party started this weekend.
The festival will continues tomorrow.