North Augusta has a new festival.
The North Augusta SpringFest Festival replaces the Yellow Jessamine Festival, which was held in the city for six years.
Rather than have a one-day event, SpringFest include several events held over a few weeks, said John Felak, program coordinator with the city’s parks and recreation department.
“We want this to be a spring festival the community can participate in,” he said, noting that many of the same groups who participated in the Yellow Jessamine Festival are also participating in SpringFest.
“Now, we decided to make it more educational and each group can have an activity that focuses more on their specialty.”
The new festival’s name also allows organizers to choose different flowers to feature as its theme, he said.
This year’s flower theme is camellias.
“We have such a history with camellias here in North Augusta,” he said. “The Mealings who owned Lookaway Hall, Mr. Mealing was instrumental in developing camellias and has named a bunch of them.”
SpringFest kicks off March 8 with an opening reception for the festival’s art show; the eighth annual Camellia Show on March 9; a horticulture symposium and exhibit of Edith Jackson Alexander’s artwork on March 16; and the closing festival and spring sports opening day on March 23.
The March 23 event will feature many of the activities that the former Yellow Jessamine Festival included, said Felak. The event will include vendors, entertainment, artwork displays, activities for children and spring sports games.
Organizers hope the festival will become a tradition that people look forward to each year, he said.
“We want it to be all-inclusive, a real celebration of spring,” he said.