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The Pickens Chamber of Commerce 30th Annual Pickens Azalea Festival, took place despite the rainy weather Friday evening and windy conditions Saturday. Friday’s evening events of live TV, and car cruise in, were scale back due to inclement weather.

I would personally like to extend my gratitude to Pickens Mayor David Owens, City Council, Police Department, and Streets and Sanitation Department crew for their assistance in making the festival a safe environment for everyone.

Thanks to the several volunteer groups that assisted the festival committee, Pickens Senior Citizens, Roundtowners of Greenville, Boy Scout Troop 51, Women of Flame 81, PHS Science Class and Pickens County Emergency Medical Services. And DeLayla Dodgens for preforming the national anthem.

I am grateful to Pickens High School artist Caroline Parker, winner of this year’s azalea artwork, which appeared on all official references to the festival. Thanks to Jeannie Gilstrap and the Pickens Rotary Club for serving as sponsors of the azalea art contest.

The 8th Annual 5K Walk/Run hosted by the Pickens Women’s Association saw a very successful event Saturday morning with over 100 participants helping to raise money to benefit the Beverly M. Smith scholarship.

Thanks to the Pickens Sentinel and Pickens County Courier for publishing the annual Azalea Festival insert. To Grace Methodist Church & Bowers Transportation Services for donating the shuttle buses for the Hagood Mill tours Saturday during the festival. To Francine Bryson, Phillips Supply of Greenville and Michael’s Restaurant for hosting the 1st Annual Baking Competition, which saw over 100 entries. And to Save-o-Lot for their donation to the vendors reception Saturday morning.

I personally what to thank a very dedicated group of people who volunteer their time and energy to make this festival a success, the Azalea Festival Planning Group. It takes months of planning to put on an event of this magnitude. And to the Pickens Chamber of Commerce for serving as the official sponsor of the 30th Pickens Azalea Festival.

Russ Gantt

Festival Coordinator

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