The 13th Annual Semmes Azalea Festival, a full day of family fun and entertainment, is Saturday, March 14, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Mary G. Montgomery High School campus in Semmes. The event is sponsored by Semmes Chamber of Commerce with Tina Gaston as president.
The day will start with an opening ceremony at 8:50 a.m., then the Semmes BIG Challenge 5K Run to benefit the Semmes Boys and Girls Club is at 9 a.m.
There'll be stage performances all day, including those by choirs, dance troops, drama clubs and bands. At 10:15 a.m., taking the stage to meet the public, will be Semmes Camellia Maids, Azalea Festival Maids and Azalea Trail Maids.
Since this is such a family-friendly event, there will be many activities for the children--bungee jumps, a walk on water bubbles booth, two child-powered trains, electric swings, pony rides and a petting zoo. Semmes area churches will offer face painting, clowns, balloons, sand art, Pinko and a Go-Fish game.
The Azalea Festival Car Show will feature approximately 60 classic and custom cars, trucks and bikes. And the Nationwide NASCAR Show Car will be on hand, along with a driving simulator.
More than 70 arts and crafts booths will display such items as handmade hummingbird feeders, American Girl doll clothes, wood carvings, jams and jellies and hand-painted, framed turkey feathers. Semmes Woman's Club will be on hand with their lovely note cards and the AT&T Telephone Pioneers will have their popular cookbooks for sale. Food vendors will include Copeland's Homemade Ice Cream--always a favorite--and Dick Russell's barbecue.
A couple of MGM groups will be conducting fundraisers. The Football Boosters Club will host a huge plant sale and the Band Boosters will be selling tee shirts and other items.
There will be plenty of free parking at Semmes Azalea Festival, but Gaston said that there'll also be preferred parking at $5. For more information on this not-to-be-missed event, go to http://www.semmeschamber.org/