“We are very fortunate that this great group has consented to play on the festival’s main stage Saturday night,” he said. “This will be a great ending to the 2010 Pickens Azalea Festival.”
With memorable hits including “Give Me Just a Little More Time,” and “Carolina Girl,” Chairman of the Board has been performing their silky sounds for over 30 years - long before the term Beach Music became popular.
“Chairman of the Board became successful in the seventies, and their success has endured throughout the years,” Gantt said. “This is a group that everyone should hear, and their performance at this year’s Azalea Festival will give such an opportunity.”
Also performing during the festival are The Bailey Mountain Cloggers, who will take the stage at Legacy Square, Gantt said.
Organized in 1974 by Mars Hill College students and named for Bailey Mountain, located near the college, the Bailey Mountain Cloggers has not only found success throughout time, the group of talented cloggers have won several national championships, and have performed on many international fronts, including Canada, England and Spain.
“The Azalea Festival committee are all excited that the Bailey Mountain Cloggers have committed to perform during this year’s event,” Gantt said. “This is a group of amazing dancers.”
Buy the time the festival opens over 100 artists and craftsmen and women will have committed to operate a booth, adding to the event’s continued growth.
“Each year, it gets bigger and better,” Gantt said. “And again this year, the festival will occupy Main Street, from Legacy Square to Katherine Street.”
Along with the various and interesting artists and select food vendors attending the 2010 festival, and with the hoped-for and expected sunny skies, visitors to the event can also fly high in the sky by helicopter, tour the historic district by horse-drawn carriage, view a famous race car once driven by Dale Earnhardt, or take the Richard Childress Race car simulator for a spin.
And amusement park rides for kids of all ages will be running in Legacy Square.
As a special tribute to both military, veterans and patriotic public, the Military History Club of the Carolinas will host a display and collection of various military vehicles, weapons, and other military memorabilia on the festival’s west end of town. They are encouraging all veterans to join them at the display and speak to visitors interested in learning more about those sacrifices that have been made by so many men and women in preserving the safety and freedom of our country.
“The festival committee has worked hard to ensure that everyone attending this year’s event will have something for everyone – from food, to crafts, entertainment, to displays,” Gantt said. “It will be a great two days, starting Friday evening with our annual Cruise-In, with a performance by The Extraordinaries, to a fun-filled Saturday of arts and crafts, excellent choices of food, different types of amusements – to be ended with a toe-tapping, incredible performance by Chairman of the Board.
“We hope everyone plans on attending the Pickens Azalea Festival, April 16 and April 17,” he said.
For additional festival information, booth applications, or entertainment participation, visit the festival’s web site at www.pickensazaleafestival.org or contact the Pickens Azalea Festival Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org