Damian Grey Productions
AF 2016 post festival website letter
March 31, 2016:
The 16th Annual Azalea Festival (March 14 & 15) was a huge success. Thanks to all of our attendees, entertainers, sponsors, and all of our Board members and volunteers. Saturday, March 12 was a record setting day with a single day record of over 15,000 patrons visiting the Festival. Sunday was shortened due to severe thunderstorms, but the rains didn’t dampen the successes that we had on Saturday. Average two day attendance for the Festival is approximately 25,000.
The 2016 Azalea Festival featured a record number of over 170 arts & crafts vendors from several different states, a huge food court, six (another record) stage areas of entertainment, a Classic Car & Motorcycle Show, a newly expanded KidZone, the World Famous Disc-Connected K9’s Frisbee Show, the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show (sponsored by The Langdale Company), the all-new Falconry Forever/Birds of Prey Exhibits and Demonstrations, entertainment by Wild Adventures Theme Park, two great bands (sponsored by Camping World of Valdosta), the VLPRA Smoothie King Century Bike Ride & 5K race, and a whole lot more. None of this would have been possible without our sponsors, volunteers, and the support of our local community.
What started off as a small, local festival 16 years ago has become a major regional festival attracting attendees from all over the Southeastern United States, as well as a major economic booster for Valdosta and Lowndes County. Our vendors, attendees, and race participants come from several different states from Florida to South Dakota.
Planning for the 17th Annual Azalea Festival (March 11 & 12, 2017) actually began the week before this year’s festival. Our vendor application and guidelines are already posted on our website. Vendors are encouraged to apply early, as spaces are on a first-come first-serve basis.
The 2017 Valdosta-Lowndes Azalea Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday, March 11 and 12.
If you have any questions about the festival, please contact us at (229) 269-9381, “Find” and “Like” our Facebook page, visit us on Instagram, follow us on Twitter, and visit www.azaleafestival.com. See you next year!
H. Aaron Strickland