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Winterville Hosting the Annual Marigold Festival Saturday


Winterville is celebrating a decade of the Marigold Festival. This weekend’s festival is the tenth since 2009, when former mayor and member of the festival’s board of directors, Emily Eisenman, brought the event back after a seven-year hiatus. She says one of the longest running events kicks off the festivities.

“We will start the day with the 44th annual running of the Marigold 10K, I understand that’s the second longest running race in Georgia after the Peachtree” according to Eisenman. “That starts at 7:30 in the morning and you can sign up for that on active.com.”

In addition to the race, there is a full slate of activities scheduled.

“The parade is a t 10 am, that’s always very popular. It’s a very old-timey parade, tractors, horses, all those sorts of things. The vendors will be open from 9 to 5 and the music starts at 11 am. We do have a silent auction that’s going on in the depot between 11 am and 2 pm.”

Auction funds raised support the festival, city projects and Miss Marigold Pageant. This year’s Theme is “Ten Years Back.” The festival is Saturday, May 11th in Pittard Park in Winterville. Admission is free.

It features a 10K race, parade, music, including headliners The Funk Brothers, vendors and featured artwork by Camille Hayes.

According to its website, the Winterville Marigold Festival began over 30 years ago as a way to beautify and renovate the town and for the purpose of promoting friendship.

Volunteers are still needed. Visit marigold dot com for more information. http://marigoldfestival.com/.

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