Yellow Jessamine Festival is Saturday in North Augusta

Savannah River Bluegrass performs at the 2011 Yellow Jessamine Festival. Thirteen acts are lined up this year.

North Augusta will celebrate the arts again with the Yellow Jessamine Festival downtown from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 21.


The festival, held on Georgia Avenue between Jackson and Pine Grove avenues, will feature an art competition, free children’s activities, crafts, plant sales, food and entertainment.

Carnival foods such as funnel cakes and sausage dogs will be sold, along with barbecue sandwiches, hot dogs, hamburgers, Chick-fil-A and more.

“We have 13 entertainment acts, most of which are musical acts, which will be at the three stages throughout the festival,” said John Felak, the program coordinator for North Augusta Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services.

Entertainment kicks off at 11 a.m. with the national anthem by The RECing Crew’s chorus.

The Fort Gordon U.S. Army Signal Corps Brass Band is the premier band, Felak said, but its appearance is tentative, depending on a soldier’s arrival.

The art competition will be in the Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta, inside the Municipal Building.

Hay rides to the arts center will be available from the parking lot between Gary’s Hamburgers and Ming Yat Restaurant.