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By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -  A car company's contribution saves the Azalea Festival in Valdosta.

The 11th annual Azalea Festival is this weekend.

Ricky Stokes of Toyota in Valdosta wrote a $5,000 check to help make up for a budget shortfall.

Organizers also raised $2,000 through a letter writing campaign.

 "We thought it was an opportunity where we could take our good fortune and help out the community," said Ricky Stokes.

"We attract over 20,000 people over the weekend for this and I think a lot of people would've been disappointed kind of put out with not having a festival but we're on full blast that's for sure," said Azalea Festival Executive Director Grant Brown.

The festival is Saturday and Sunday in Drexal park.

It will include racing pigs, arts and crafts vendors, international food courts, and all sorts of fun.

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