Summerville Flowertown Festival kicks of its 44th year

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SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - It's predicted to be a wet weekend ahead, but Friday didn't stop people from coming out and enjoying the festivities around town. The Annual Flowertown Festival in Summerville kicked off its first day of events.

This is the Summerville YMCA's largest fundraising event of the year benefiting health and wellness programs in the Tri-County.

Umbrellas, rain boots and ponchos were a common sight on Main Street Friday for the festival.

"It's definitely a little gloomy right now," festival goer, Amanda Reagin said. 

Rain or shine, the event will go on and some showers aren't going to stop the festival lovers.

"Definitely sticking around if it rains," she said.

Others that came out agree.

"It's awesome, rain or shine I'll be here," festival goer, Elaine Doctor said.

For many coming out to see hundreds of vendors and artists from around country, it's a tradition that keeps on going. Two women from Ridgeville, Doctor and her friend Freda Snipes, have been here since the start of the festival 44 years ago.

"I used to bring my children out, I bring my grands and great grands now," Snipes said.

They call themselves the Festival Queens, and they bring a group of friends along each year. They enjoy seeing the arts and crafts and meeting the vendors.

Ahead of the event parking was a concern, but there weren't many issues on day one. Some credit that to the unpredictable weather and smaller crowds. 

"In the past years my dad would always pick us up and show us how many people and it would be hard to get through, and now it's easy to cross the street," festival goer, Katie Zailski said.

Officials are expecting a greater turnout this weekend. More than 200,000 people usually walk along Main Street for the event. 

The festival continues Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Entry for the festival and parking are free.
Officials will be tracking weather and could possibility make adjustments to festival hours accordingly. You can download
the Flowertown Festival App for updates and details. 

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