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SpringFest to include several events

Posted: February 26, 2013 - 2:11pm

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.

NORTH AUGUSTA SPRINGFEST FESTIVAL

WHAT: Art show opening reception

WHEN: 6-8 p.m. March 8

WHERE: Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta, 100 Georgia Ave.

WHAT: Eighth annual Camellia Show

WHEN: 12:30-5 p.m. March 9

WHERE: Municipal Center, 100 Georgia Ave.

WHAT: Waxing and Preservation of Camellias and Other Blooms demonstration by Ann Yount

WHEN: 1-2:30 p.m. March 9

WHERE: Municipal Center, 100 Georgia Ave.

WHAT: Camellia Coloring Contest exhibit

WHEN: 1-5 p.m. March 9

WHERE: Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta, 100 Georgia Ave.

WHAT: Horticulture symposium

WHEN: 9-11:45 a.m. March 16

WHERE: Riverview Park Activities Center, 100 Riverview Park Drive

WHAT: Edith Jackson Alexander art exhibit

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 16

WHERE: Rosemary Inn, Lookaway Inn, Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta, and La Petite Gallery

WHAT: Spring sports opening day and SpringFest Festival

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 23

WHERE: Riverview Park, 100 Riverview Park Drive

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