Spring Daze, it’s free entertainment for the family

Tourism to unveil train tracking system
Apr. 29, 2014 @ 03:01 PM

Saturday's forecast is partly cloudy with a projected temperature of 70 degrees. That's good news for Spring Daze, now in its 11th year. The event will welcome guests — rain or shine — to downtown Thomasville from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Spring Daze is organized by the City Beautification Committee, headed by Carol Brown.

With live music, crafts, plants, food vendors, it’s fun and entertainment for the entire family, said Brown.

Vendors offer a variety of plants, flowers, lawn and garden and home décor items, outdoor furniture, jewelry and more. About 70 vendors are expected, many of them local and most of them from North Carolina. However, vendors as far away as South Carolina are expected.

There's a bit of new excitement for Spring Daze, said Mark Scott of Thomasville Tourism. A short ceremony will be held at the caboose at 1 p.m. to unveil a train tracking system. Train watchers may view where trains are located between Greensboro and Kannapolis.

Thomasville has become a favorite of train watchers, said Scott. Add festivals like Spring Daze to that list.

"It exposes people to the town," said Scott. "Once they've been here and hear about something else happening, it will get people to come back."

Spring Daze also is a learning experience.

The Master Gardeners of Davidson County will be available to answer gardening questions, as well as sell fresh strawberries.

The Thomasville Historic Preservation Commission will highlight the city's heritage.

"Visitors will be able to purchase heirloom flowers, copies of the book 'Wheels of Faith and Courage' and historic Then and Now prints," said Commission member David Yemm.  "Members will be available to answer questions concerning Historic Preservation Design Guidelines for Thomasville and help guide homeowners to resources for maintaining historic properties."

The parking lot at the Clock Tower will bustle with activity. The Tom A. Finch YMCA will host a children's area. The parking lot includes food vendors and the music stage, where Mitch Snow and Friends will perform.

There's a new performer to the lineup this year — the Triad Juggling Club, whose members will perform from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the grassy area near the parking lot.

"It's just a good day to enjoy downtown Thomasville," said Brown. "Everybody looks forward to it each year. Of all the festivals, it's really good quality."