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Charleston will celebrate its past with pageants, music and more

Saturday, April 7, 2012

scottw@standard-democrat.com

CHARLESTON -- The famous foliage was early but that's OK: this year it's all about Charleston's roots.

The 44th Annual Dogwood-Azalea Festival is April 19-22.

"Mother Nature has decided it should be warmer this spring than usual and the dogwoods and azaleas will be past their prime but the Festival is still a magical time to be in Charleston," said Karen Teeters, executive director of the Charleston Chamber of Commerce. "We've got about 26 buses booked in as well as lots of arts and crafts that are going to be in the park -- everything's on go."

The theme for this year's festival is "Celebrating 175 years of Small Town America."

"That's because Charleston turns 175 years old this year," Teeters said.

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