Fans of the Cherry Blossom Festival and colorful clothing were in luck Thursday, as they gathered for the festival’s annual fashion show in Macon’s convention center.
The Posing in Pink Style Show and Luncheon included local celebrities such as film actor Jack DeMave and adorable toddler Adalyn Jane Clark. Participants showed off clothing options available at stores in Macon.
“I think it brings us all together to celebrate the different personalities we have here in Macon,” said Connie Carey, who served as the show’s mistress of ceremonies.
Born in Macon, Carey is a member of the National Speakers Association and represented Georgia Toastmasters at the International Speech Competition in 2013. She finished in the top 18 in a field of 30,000 contestants.
She said being the voice for a Cherry Blossom Festival event was a different type of experience.
“It’s such an honor and a privilege because this is our city,” she said. “You see old friends and make new friends.”
Allison Lamb, wife of Mercer University football coach Bobby Lamb, was among the new faces in the fashion show. She works at Rumor Boutique, one of the shops featured on the runway, and said the exposure is good for locally owned businesses.
Those stores had their fashions presented alongside products from national chains such as Belk and Dillard’s.
“Marketing-wise, it’s great, especially the local shops, because sometimes people don’t know we’re here,” she said.
Lamb also said she enjoyed participating with her husband, who surprised her with his ability to walk the runway in flip-flops.
“She thought I would do it, but not very good,” Bobby Lamb joked.
Another of the participants making his first appearance in the show was Justin Andrews, a grandson of Otis Redding.
He works at the Otis Redding Foundation in downtown Macon and said events such as the Cherry Blossom Festival bring new visitors to his workplace.
“It’s awesome, to be honest with you,” he said.
“People just show up to the foundation. ... They get treated sometimes if they meet a family member.”
The festival will continue in earnest through Sunday, with a few events scheduled into next week.