Damian Grey Productions
April 1, 2015:
The 15th Annual Azalea Festival (March 14 & 15) was a huge success. Approximately 22,000 attendees from all over the Southeast came to Valdosta to enjoy two full days of vendors and entertainment. Special thanks to all of the volunteers, sponsors, vendors, entertainers, and attendees that helped to make the 2015 Azalea Festival the best ever.
The 2015 Azalea Festival featured 160 arts & crafts vendors from several different states, a huge food court, five stage areas of entertainment, a Classic Car & Motorcycle Show, the World Famous Disc-Connected K9’s Frisbee Show, the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show (sponsored by The Langdale Company), a live tiger display by Animal Stripes Animal Sanctuary, entertainment by Wild Adventures Theme Park, two great bands (sponsored by Camping World of Valdosta), the VLPRA sport court, 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 15 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 and guests come from several states, including Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Kentucky, Missouri, Alabama, and Ohio. Race participants have come from as far away from Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania. In addition, last minute hits on our website indicate that people are traveling from as far away as the Carolinas, Alabama, and throughout Florida to attend the Azalea Festival.
Planning for the 16th Annual Azalea Festival (March 12 & 13, 2016) 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 2016 Valdosta-Lowndes Azalea Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday, March 12 and 13.
If you have any questions about the festival, please contact us at (229) 269-9381, “Find” and “Like” our Facebook page, and visit www.azaleafestival.com. See you next year!
H. Aaron Strickland