~HISTORY~
The 72nd Florida Azalea Festival
March 3rd - 4th, 2018
The Florida Azalea Festival is held the first full weekend in March in Historic
Downtown Palatka, Florida. One of the oldest festivals in Florida, the Florida
Azalea Festival began in 1936 and started as Jaycees Days, a community
fund raiser for the local club.

The featured attraction was the first official Florida Azalea Pageant, which
was held in the Ravine Gardens State Park in Palatka, FL. The amphitheater
was later built in the park to host the annual Azalea Pageant. The Florida
Azalea Pageant is the oldest running pageant in the state of Florida. The
event out grew the park in later years.

The Azalea Festival  is located along the banks of the beautiful St. Johns River
and down St. Johns Ave.  The event is free for the whole family featuring live
entertainment, arts & crafts vendors, food and azaleas in bloom.  

Featured events are the Florida Azalea Beauty Pageant, an Antique
Automobile Club of America Car Show, a Bowling Tournament, a Shriners'
Parade, and a whole lot more!  The festival has changed throughout the years
and now averages 35,000–40,000 people during the two day event.
Neva Jane Langley vied to be Miss
Florida Azalea Queen in 1949.  
She became Miss America in 1953.
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