Azalea Storytelling Festival Committee 2016-2017
Twenty years ago Pat Gay, Evelyn Jordan and Joyce Morgan Young had a vision of creating a venue to promote the art form of storytelling and for bringing people to Troup County from across the region. For the past nineteen years, their tireless efforts, along with a faithful committee, and dedication have seen the Azalea Storytelling Festival grow into a premier event that has garnered attention, awards, notoriety and popularity across, not only the region, but the entire country.
The Azalea Storytelling Festival has been recognized as one of the oldest such festivals in the state of Georgia. Additionally, it has been recognized by the Southeast Tourism Society as one of the Top 20 Events in the 12 Southeastern states. The National Storytelling Association bestowed on the Azalea Storytelling Festival the Association’s Leadership Award. Furthermore, the Azalea Storytelling Festival was nominated by the Georgia Department of Economic Development to the American Bus Association as one of the 2012 Top 100 Events in North America. In 2013, the founders of the Azalea Storytelling Festival received the LaGrange Troup County Bureau of Tourism Visionary Award.
Throughout its history, the Azalea Storytelling Festival has been instrumental in helping to make Troup County a destination. The 2015 Azalea Storytelling Festival saw over 2,000 people in attendance, many of whom came from across the country. The effort of this committee and the volunteers they assembled and led has resulted in many hotel rooms being rented and many restaurants enjoying a booming weekend business. Patrons from more than half of the states and three foreign countries have attended this wonderful festival.