Valdosta Preparing For 14th Annual Valdosta-Lowndes Azalea Festival

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Winnie Anne Wright
March 7, 2014

Valdosta, GA - "I am here at the Azalea Festival to sell my Bonsai trees. I live in Ocala, Florida, and I've come up here for the last three years doing this", says James Staples, a 3rd time vendor at the festival.

"I heard about the festival all the way from Athens, Georgia, Duluth, Georgia, some of the bigger festivals. I heard about it down here so I decided to come down here this year and it looks like we are going to have a beautiful day", Winfred Whitehead, a 1st time vendor at the festival.

Vendors are hard at work, setting up for this weekend's Azalea Festival.

"It's a ton of stuff going on. Something for everyone. For kids. From kids to, you can go ahead and do your Christmas Shopping while you're here as well. 150 arts and crafts vendors. You're bound to find something you like", Aaron Strickland, Executive Director of this year's festival.

Strickland says guests can expect to see veteran vendors at Drexel Park, but he says he's most excited for what's new in entertainment at this year's festival.

One of the newest additions to this year's Azalea Festival is the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show. The group from Orlando will be doing ax throwing and log rolling as a part of their exhibit.

The 14th Annual Valdosta-Lowndes Azalea Festival will be held March 8th and 9th. Saturday's hours are 10AM to 6PM and Sunday's hours are 10AM to 5PM.