North Augusta will celebrate the arts once more with the Yellow Jessamine Festival downtown from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
The festival, held on Georgia Avenue between Jackson and Pine Grove avenues, will feature an art competition, free children’s activities, crafts, plant sales, food and entertainment.
Typical carnival foods such as funnel cakes and sausage dogs will be sold, along with barbecue sandwiches, hot dogs, hamburgers, Chick-fil-A and more.
“We have 13 entertainment acts, most of which are musical acts, which will be at the three stages throughout the festival,” said John Felak, the program coordinator for North Augusta Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services.
Entertainment kicks off at 11 a.m. with the national anthem by The RECing Crew’s chorus. The Fort Gordon Army Signal Corps Brass Band is the premier band, Felak said, but its appearance is tentative, depending on a soldier’s arrival.
The art competition will be held in the Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta, inside the Municipal Building. Hay rides to the arts center will be available from the parking lot between Gary’s Hamburgers and Ming Yat Restaurant.
Last year, rain wiped out a portion of the festival. Felak said if it were to rain this time, the city would salvage as much of the festival as it can, but there is not a rain date.