The Azalea Festival variety show once included national musical acts such as Porter Wagoner and a young George Strait. It was moved away from Legion Stadium about 15 years ago, said Hank Estep, president of the 2011 festival.
Held in conjunction with the street fair, the variety show eventually became part of the street fair. The street fair has three performance stages – the main music stage, the contemporary Christian music stage and the children’s stage, Estep said.
Around 2000, the variety show was no longer a separate entity.
In 2009, the festival committee resurrected the variety show. The show drew about 1,000 fans to Legion Stadium as L Shape Lot performed.
However, the committee decided not to hold the variety show in subsequent years. Estep cited inadequate attendance as the primary reason for not holding the variety show.
Date posted: March 15, 2012
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