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South Gate to host annual Azalea Festival

SOUTH GATE — The six-day Azalea Festival continues March 19 with a volunteer recognition program and the crowning of the Azalea queen and grand marshal from 6 to 7 p.m. followed by dancing from 7:30  to 9:30 p.m. in the auditorium at South Gate Park, 4900 Southern Ave.

The queen and grand marshal are traditionally senior citizens who have been nominated by the community for their volunteer services.

The 50th annual festival began March 18 with Youth Art Night.

It continues March 20 with a Taste of South Gate, as area restaurants offer samples of their cuisine from 6 to 8 p.m. in the auditorium. Presale tickets to sample the items are available for $15 apiece or two for $25.

A free fireworks display will take place in the large quad at 8:30 p.m.

Activities March 21 include a plant workshop from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Margaret Travis Senior Center in South Gate Park, softball and baseball tournaments on the park ballfields from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., a dog agility course at 10 a.m. at Hollydale Dog Park, 5400 Monroe Ave.; a skateboard demonstration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the skating structure at South Gate Park, for ages 13-18. These events are free to attend.

The Miss Azaleita Contest for girls ages 4-7 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Girls Club House costs $3.

The youth fashion show at 6 p.m. in the South Gate Park Auditorium costs $5.

Free events on March 22 include a karate invitational tournament in the park’s Sports Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; the completion of the softball and baseball tournaments from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and live entertainment in the carnival area from 2 to 4 p.m.

A car show on the park’s golf course from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. requires paid admission. Tickets are $12 for adults 13 and over and $6 for youths 12 and under.

A carnival runs throughout the festival. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. March 19, 5 to 11 p.m. March 20, 2 to 11 p.m. March 21 and 2 to 11 p.m. March 22.

Information: (323) 357-9645 or (323) 563-5447.