Bill Fleming, Executive Director of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce, recently visited Winterville - the Marigold Capital of Georgia. Winterville hosted their first Marigold Festival in 1971.
Winterville Mayor Dodd Ferrelle contacted Fleming a year ago to renew a community friendship that was in place in the early 1970s. Mrs. Luella Dirksen (and others from Pekin?) attended one of the early Winterville Marigold Festivals. Winterville's Miss Marigold and other representatives also attended one of the early Pekin Marigold Festivals.
Fleming took a slight detour on a recent family vacation and met the Winterville Mayor, and his wife, Cameron. After an exchange of festival and community gifts, the Mayor gave Fleming and his wife Melanie, and granddaughter Lily, a tour of the city square and the festival grounds.
"He was very proud of his community, and excited about several upcoming projects," said Fleming.
Fleming and Ferrelle even discussed the possibility of community representatives attending each others festival again in the future. The 2019 Winterville Marigold Festival is scheduled for Saturday, May 11th.
You can see a few more pictures from this event at: https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipOtbab1rRZP830pB6Jh-pQIlA7shfR-Uz_BM5f6N4PBXwJhn589WkRB8-OMD_yWaA?key=cGpqSlcwcUk0NXA1OVZKdXUxeTZ2MkNQaEdDeVlBhttps://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipOtbab1rRZP830pB6Jh-pQIlA7shfR-Uz_BM5f6N4PBXwJhn589WkRB8-OMD_yWaA?key=cGpqSlcwcUk0NXA1OVZKdXUxeTZ2MkNQaEdDeVlB