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Pickens Azalea Festival

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PO Box 153, Pickens, SC 29671
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When the azaleas are blooming in Pickens, South Carolina, the little town celebrates! The Pickens Azalea Festival is like a large family reunion given by local civic groups for area folks and those that have been away for a few years. They also welcom...read more
When the azaleas are blooming in Pickens, South Carolina, the little town celebrates! The Pickens Azalea Festival is like a large family reunion given by local civic groups for area folks and those that have been away for a few years. They also welcome folks who have never lived in Pickens to come join the fun. It all began in the spring of 1983 just north of town as a small juried show called the Mountain Arts & Crafts Show, which was organized by the Pickens Civitan Club. Today the Pickens Azalea Festival has grown to encompass not only arts and crafts, but also varied entertainment, great food, and fun for the entire family. Later in 1983, the Chamber of Commerce President and Pickens Civitan Club founder, Ruth Swayngham Hinkle, had the vision to convince the Civitans to move the show to downtown and invite other non-profit groups to participate. Hinkle told of her vision at the annual Chamber banquet, I see many different organizations having activities on closed-off streets and parking lots all over town. By enlisting the support of the Chamber as sponsor, the first Pickens Festival was held in 1984 with the Civitan Arts & Crafts Show, the Junior Assembly providing lemonade, the Jaycees, donuts, and the Chamber giving out information. In the next few years the event attracted many more organizations to greatly expand the gourmet choices to feed the hungry public and added some ingenious attractions. For those first years it was held in May, the Saturday before Mothers Day, at the same time as the springtime Pickin in Pickens bluegrass festival which was held in a pasture north of town. Borrowing entertainers from the bluegrass festival, the downtown festival also brought in other forms of local entertainment. In 1987, Jerrie Hixon (the festival coordinator for the first nine years) compiled the first self-guided Historical Tour with about twenty locations. The next year and every year after, it was published in The Pickens Sentinel special Azalea Festival section. As the years passed, more research was done by area historians to add new sites and old photos to the annually published tour. By following the map in the printed tour guide, festival goers can read about each place as they walk by. Open for tours each year are the Hagood-Mauldin House, the Pickens County Art & History Museum, and the Hagood Mill. Cynthia Boney, another long-time festival coordinator who led the festival into the new century, worked lovingly at preserving the history by adding to the tour until the number was over 50 locations. Many are grateful for the support of area businesses in faithfully advertising in the section which comes out each year the Wednesday before the festival to provide the Historical Tour and all the festival highlights for the current year. Back to the chronological history of the festival, in 1988 the festival date was moved to the third Saturday in April to be held in the peak of the azalea blooming season and by 1989 the name was officially changed to the Pickens Azalea Festival. Fun activities were planned each year, such as parades, stage coach rides, a petting zoo, puppet and magic shows, clowns and organ grinders. Some attractions were briefly part of the festival and others became traditions. In 1990 a very special big cake was made to celebrate the 250th birthday of General Andrew Pickens. Connie and June Bowers graciously accepted the challenge to play the parts of the General and his lovely wife Rebecca at the celebration party. Anna Simon, newspaper reporter (now with The Greenville News) played the part of Brenda Starr to interview the historic couple at the party. A tradition was started. Now over the years, many different local couples have accepted the honor to put on the period clothing and be the official greeters of the festival by playing the part of the Revolutionary War hero and his wife. Through the years, several other traditions have remained strong another is the annual Azalea Festival T-shirt. Sta
 
 

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When the azaleas are blooming in Pickens, South Carolina, the little town celebrates! The Pickens Azalea Festival is like a large family reunion given by local civic groups for area folks and those that have been away for a few years. They also welcome folks who have never lived in Pickens to come join the fun. It all began in the spring of 1983 just north of town as a small juried show called the Mountain Arts & Crafts Show, which was organized by the Pickens Civitan Club. Today the Pickens Azalea Festival has grown to encompass not only arts and crafts, but also varied entertainment, great food, and fun for the entire family. Later in 1983, the Chamber of Commerce President and Pickens Civitan Club founder, Ruth Swayngham Hinkle, had the vision to convince the Civitans to move the show to downtown and invite other non-profit groups to participate. Hinkle told of her vision at the annual Chamber banquet, I see many different organizations having activities on closed-off streets and parking lots all over town. By enlisting the support of the Chamber as sponsor, the first Pickens Festival was held in 1984 with the Civitan Arts & Crafts Show, the Junior Assembly providing lemonade, the Jaycees, donuts, and the Chamber giving out information. In the next few years the event attracted many more organizations to greatly expand the gourmet choices to feed the hungry public and added some ingenious attractions. For those first years it was held in May, the Saturday before Mothers Day, at the same time as the springtime Pickin in Pickens bluegrass festival which was held in a pasture north of town. Borrowing entertainers from the bluegrass festival, the downtown festival also brought in other forms of local entertainment. In 1987, Jerrie Hixon (the festival coordinator for the first nine years) compiled the first self-guided Historical Tour with about twenty locations. The next year and every year after, it was published in The Pickens Sentinel special Azalea Festival section. As the years passed, more research was done by area historians to add new sites and old photos to the annually published tour. By following the map in the printed tour guide, festival goers can read about each place as they walk by. Open for tours each year are the Hagood-Mauldin House, the Pickens County Art & History Museum, and the Hagood Mill. Cynthia Boney, another long-time festival coordinator who led the festival into the new century, worked lovingly at preserving the history by adding to the tour until the number was over 50 locations. Many are grateful for the support of area businesses in faithfully advertising in the section which comes out each year the Wednesday before the festival to provide the Historical Tour and all the festival highlights for the current year. Back to the chronological history of the festival, in 1988 the festival date was moved to the third Saturday in April to be held in the peak of the azalea blooming season and by 1989 the name was officially changed to the Pickens Azalea Festival. Fun activities were planned each year, such as parades, stage coach rides, a petting zoo, puppet and magic shows, clowns and organ grinders. Some attractions were briefly part of the festival and others became traditions. In 1990 a very special big cake was made to celebrate the 250th birthday of General Andrew Pickens. Connie and June Bowers graciously accepted the challenge to play the parts of the General and his lovely wife Rebecca at the celebration party. Anna Simon, newspaper reporter (now with The Greenville News) played the part of Brenda Starr to interview the historic couple at the party. A tradition was started. Now over the years, many different local couples have accepted the honor to put on the period clothing and be the official greeters of the festival by playing the part of the Revolutionary War hero and his wife. Through the years, several other traditions have remained strong another is the annual Azalea Festival T-shirt. Sta