Spring Daze treat for green thumbs
Spring Daze proved to be the perfect remedy for one long, hard winter.
Downtown Thomasville on Saturday bustled with bright colors, fresh vegetables and plants ready for a season of tender loving care at the 11th installment of Spring Daze, an annual event organized by the City Beautification Committee.
Dozens of vendors lined Main Street offering a wide variety of plants, clothes, jewelry and just about anything for a person with a green thumb. After a winter filled with snow and ice, Spring Daze was the event people were looking for to usher in a new season.
“It's a beautiful day,” Roseanne Bazirjian from Colfax said. “It's wide open with plenty of sunshine and lots of people. It's a nice way to spend a sunny Saturday afternoon. It's like the first day of spring in a sense.”
Thomasville vendors and visitors from neighboring communities ushered in the spring with an array of colors and the smells of blooming vegetation. Underneath the clock tower, people sat and enjoyed live music as fresh lemonade and funnel cakes sprinkled the air. West Main Street Market's Scott Bumgarner showed off his fresh produce and Scott Jalovec and Houston Odum tossed flaming batons back and forth with ease.
Word of the annual event spread to surrounding communities, attracting people from outside the Chair City limits.
“We just rode by and saw it and decided to stop by,” said Janet Royall from Randleman. “We're just walking around enjoying the nice weather and all the vendors.”
Jane Murphy, public relations director at Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center, welcomed visitors by promoting good health.
“Its been absolutely perfect,” Murphy said. “The weather has been so accommodating and what more of a beautiful setting than right here in downtown Thomasville.”
While Spring Daze has been the victim of some bad weather in the past, Saturday proved ideal.
“It's a beautiful day, nice weather and good turnout,” said Thomasville Police Chief Jeff Insley. “It looks like everyone is having a good time and it's going really well. We got good weather and we're very appreciative to have this.”
Staff Writer Eliot Duke can be reached at 888-3578, or firstname.lastname@example.org.