Mostly Florida - Winter 2015 travel blog

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festival

festival

festival

festival


The Summerville YMCA has been raising funds celebrating the arrival of spring since the 1970's with the Flowertown Festival. The weather forecast indicated that it would rain all day, but the bright skies gave us the courage to jump in the car and attend. Summerville is a nice town, but there are many nice towns within twenty miles of Charleston. We saw camellias, azaleas, dogwood, and wisteria blooming there, but we see them blooming everywhere. But Summerville was the town that came up with the idea of the festival, gathering over 200 jury-selected artists from throughout the country who display their work for sale. Area restaurants set up booths and for the kids there was a carnival and face painting. We read that over 200,000 people will attend during the three day fest. Judging by the crowds we saw today, that's no exaggeration.

We started in Azalea Park where pine needles had been spread on the soggy paths and got the misimpression that we could see it all in an hour. But as we walked the line of booths flowed out onto Main Street and it took us almost three hours to see it all. It cost nothing to park and attend and we had a ball wandering around admiring items for sale and celebrating the creativity of the artists. For lunch we had gullah rice, which reminded us of paella but with red pepper instead of saffron for seasoning and fried alligator bites. Not exactly health food, but very much of the place. At least we didn't have the deep fried Oreos....

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