SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - White tents are popping up faster than the flowers on Main Street in Summerville as the town's Flowertown festival is set to kick off on Friday.
It's the biggest event the Town of Summerville sees. Every spring, Azalea Park becomes the talk of the town. Setting up for the event is no small task.
"Thursday is our set up day and it started at 7 a.m. and that will run into the evening hours," Kim Taylor says.
Vendors like Alexandria Kassing were up early setting up their tents, tables and unique artwork and crafts.
"It takes a little bit of work because of all of the art work and the tags. You've got to make it look really nice when the festival opens," Kassing said.
First time vendor Tricia Andrews with the "Little Green Pumpkin," which sells earth friendly baby products, says it's a race to get everything done. Not only does the festival mean money to small businesses but its a way to meet the masses.
"It's really exciting and a little nerve wracking. But we're excited. We just want to get our name out and let them know we're around," Andrews said.
New this year are several trolleys which will be available to shuttle people to and from the event to help with traffic and parking. Nearly 400 vendors are setting up for the three day festival and more than 200,000 visitors from across the country and nearby will converge on Azalea Park.
The YMCA will be providing the free shuttles. They will be available starting Friday at the former Hoover dealership parking lot and Seacoast church on Highway 78. The trolleys will run from noon until 5 p.m. on Friday, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.