The Camellia City Festival is celebrating 150 years in McDuffie County. The festival will be on Saturday, Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

According to Debbie Jones, Executive Director of the Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce, this is the first year the government complex will be hosting this event. Not only will there be all kinds of arts and crafts, music, and fireworks, but to start the day off there will be a 5k run. The 5k run will start at 9 a.m. followed by a car show at 10 a.m. Jones said the vendor spots are filling up.

“There’s a wide assortment of vendors,” Jones said.

According to the Thomson-McDuffie Chamber website, there are roughly 76 vendors for the festival. Some of those vendors include Tippy Cakes Bakery, Big T’s Seafood, Louis Graziano Book Signing, Solid Rock BBQ, Spare Time Crafts, and Jazzy’s Custom Wreath Design.

Jones said there will also be entertainment throughout the night, with Daniel Johnson headlining the live music. There will be plenty of activities for everyone to do.

“Full day of activities that our community can get excited about,” Jones said.

Some of the activities that everyone can enjoy at the festival includes a car show, bounce houses, pumpkin decorating, fireworks, book signings, and wreath making demonstration are just some of the many activities people can partake in.

This festival is another way for some of the local and small businesses to gain more shoppers and supporters.

“With the way things are, the community can support local, small businesses,” Jones said. “They can shop local.”

After the community enjoys their day of activities and some of the food and drinks, they get to cap off the day with some fireworks that will start around 7 p.m.