Highlights of Camelia City Fest

Published 7:00 am Wednesday, September 13, 2023

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Greenville’s Camellia City Fest lined the downtown Commerce Street on Sept. 9.
Tracy Salter, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, said the festival was wonderful.
“A huge thank you to each and every person that helped make this year’s event a huge success,” Salter said. “From the City of Greenville, Chamber of Commerce, Greenville Police Dept., Chamber Ambassadors, board members, sponsors, volunteers, vendors, music and emcees, and guests”
(Photo taken by Courtney Rice)


Owners of Filter Coffee Parlor in Birmingham, Jill Marlar and her husband James Little showed up at Camellia City Fest with a suitcase full of flavorful scones from their bakery Delta Dawn.
Little’s family has roots in Butler County going back to the founding fathers of the county, while Marlar’s family hails from Crenshaw County.
“Greenville feels like coming home for both of us,” Marlar said. “We appreciate all of the kindness and welcome the community showed to us at the Camellia City Fest.”
(Photo taken by Courtney Rice)


Stacey Edwards, of downtown’s Artitude on Main, presented her “Art Yard Sale” at the City Fest.
“I thought it was a great success and loved seeing the community come out and enjoy the beautiful weather!” Edwards said. “It is always fun to hang out with fellow creatives and see what they are making.”
(Photo taken by Courtney Rice)


Debbie Bloodworth, balloon artist clown, entertains the children with balloon animals at Camellia City Fest. Bloodworth is a City Fest regular and lights up the park with her colorful costume and playful face paint.
(Photo taken by Courtney Rice)


Celeste Gordon-Flowers returned with her charming mobile clothing and accessory store, The Rose Lilly Boutique.
“For the past three years the Camellia City Fest has been one of the main events I look forward to being a part of,” Flowers said. “This high-traffic festival drives community integration and collaboration. I’m always extremely grateful to be a part and look forward to the usual “sold out” event every year!”
(Photo taken by Courtney Rice)


The Camellia City Fest is hosted and organized by the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Greenville, and is held each year on the second Saturday in September.
Tracy Salter, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, said the event is proof that there is an awesome group of community members working hard on behalf of Greenville’s continued growth and success.
(Photo taken by Courtney Rice)


Kitty Palooza, hosted by the Butler County Humane Shelter (BCHS), was held at Sonya’s Dance & Fitness during City Fest.
Cory Rice, BCHS full time volunteer, said the event was a huge success as six kittens found forever homes.
Rice also said this event will soon be a recurring occasion monthly. (Photo taken by Courtney Rice)