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Azalea Festival kicks off in Valdosta

March 12, 2004

Valdosta - Vendors are setting up their booths, and the Fearless Flores Acrobats are practicing for Friday night's performance. The 4th annual Azalea City Festival kicks off this weekend. "It's huge, its grown bigger every year, and this year so far has been the biggest," said Andrea Cole, Organizer.

All day entertainment and more than 100 food, arts and crafts vendors are expected to attract thousands of visitors to Lowndes County. "About 30,000 people, we're hoping to attract a lot from I-75," said Cole.

And many of those visitors will fork out cash for a place to stay, food to eat, and gas for transportation. "On average, one overnight stay in the state of Georgia is worth about $108.81 per night and that's not including air fare, gas, or that kind of cost," said Marty Brown, Tourism Authority Director.

Organizers aren't sure how many of the expected visitors will come from out of town, but Brown says just a small part can provide a big economic boost. "With just five percent of those folks coming from out of town and staying in a hotel for one night, you're looking at an impact of $150,000.00," said Brown.

The festival kicks off at 7:00 Friday night with a concert, circus and fireworks show on the V.S.U. front lawn, followed by all day entertainment and activities Saturday and Sunday in Drexel Park.

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