Forsyth gets people pumped for annual festival

wcrenshaw@macon.comFebruary 15, 2014 

FORSYTH -- About this time of year in Forsyth it’s OK to have a yellow streak.

Supporters of the annual Forsythia Festival were out Saturday helping people get their yellow on to promote the event, which will take place March 8-9.

In the parking lot of Dairy Queen, people could get yellow wreaths, lapel buttons, T-shirts and forsythias painted on their car windows. Organizers call it the Hello Yellow kickoff.

Becky Corley, of Forsyth, missed getting her car window painted at last year’s Hello Yellow, but she made it this year.

“I just wanted to get the spirit going,” she said. “The festival is just a fun, good thing for the town.”

Peggy Whyte did the car painting, as she has for many years. She does it for $5 and up, and can have some forsythias and the festival date on a rear window in just a couple of minutes. She also paints store windows.

In its 27th year, the Forsythia Festival is put on by the Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce. Chamber President Darlene McLendon said the turnout was good Saturday, despite a chilly, windy day.

After a hard winter, people may be a little more revved up for the town’s annual welcome of spring.

“I’m expecting beautiful weather,” McLendon said. “All the bad weather is leaving us now. We expect sunshine and success.”

On Saturday they are giving out yellow lapel pins, which are also available at the chamber, and anyone seen wearing one around town might get picked to receive a prize.

The festival includes and an arts and crafts show, a 5K run, pony rides and live entertainment. For more information, visit

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.

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