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AZALEA FESTIVAL BEGINS THURSDAY

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Arts, crafts, entertainment and a parade are just some of what's on tap for the 63th Annual Azalea Festival.

The four-day event – set for May 24-27 – attracts visitors from around the state and beyond.

There will be a parade, vendors in the street fair, a craft fair, an overflow of books and plants at local sales and many other activities and demonstrations.

In addition to the Thursday 5:30 p.m. opening of the Friends of the Library book sale at the Chetco Community Library, there will be a Young American Patriotic Art Display in the library display room.

On Friday morning, the book sale continues, the flower and plant sale begins at the Grange Hall, and the dried and preserved flower sale starts at Flora Pacifica.

On Friday evening, the Azalea Festival kick-off mixer for chamber members and guests will be held at the Salmon Run Golf Course.

Saturday will start early with a 10K Fun Run starting at Brookings-Harbor High School at 8 a.m.

For those who prefer the sunshine, the three-day street fair (Saturday, Sunday and Monday) at the corner of Highway 101 and Fifth Street.

The fair features everything from vendors to informational booths to a kiddie carnival for youngsters.

Another popular festival tradition is the Pelican Bay Arts Association Art show, held at Azalea Middle School and the Azalea Quilters Guild's show and craft fair at Brookings-Harbor High School Saturday and Sunday.

Festivalgoers who work up an appetite won't want for culinary offerings. The Rotary will host its traditional shrimp fest Saturday at Azalea Park and the Elk's Lodge will be barbecuing on Sunday. Clam chowder will be dished up at the Chetco Senior Center Saturday.

A variety of different foods also will be available at the street fair.

Other events scheduled for Azalea Festival are:

•A 10K Fun Run beginning at Brookings-Harbor High School.

•The Brookings-Harbor Garden Club's annual flower show, featuring flora from local gardens, will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Grange Hall in Harbor.

•Seacrest Bonsai Club will hold a show on Saturday and Sunday in the conference room of the Best Western Brookings Inn on Chetco Avenue in North Brookings.

For more information on the Azalea Festival, phone the Brookings-Harbor Chamber of Commerce at (503) 469-3181.

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