This Friday marks the beginning of the 64th annual Camellia Festival, a three-day celebration filled with carnival games, food, rides, and people from different cities who come together and celebrate the beauty of Temple City. This year’s parade theme is “Childhood Fantasies” which was created by Longden student, Kevin Vine.
The history behind the Camellia Festival comes from the inspiration to adopt a city flower. The Women’s Club of 1945 started the tradition with the help of the Chamber of Commerce. The first parade consisted of Girl scouts who passed out camellias to the public, while a “queen” sat in a car that paraded the city. Soon the tradition grew to having youth groups participate in this “parade” and with time, it grew to what it is today.
Attending the Camellia Festival is more than going on rides and eating hot dogs. Going to the festival is like being a part of tradition that has lasted 64 years.
This article was written by Melanie Thi. It was published in the Temple City Voice on February 20, 2008.