Sumter Iris Festival marks 78 years

Posted 5/23/18

These slides were taken by Hubert D. Osteen during the Iris Festival events in 1948 and 1949. The late horticulturist H.C. Bland started the gardens around his fishing lake in 1927, and the late A.T. Heath deeded the south gardens to the city of …

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Sumter Iris Festival marks 78 years

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These slides were taken by Hubert D. Osteen during the Iris Festival events in 1948 and 1949. The late horticulturist H.C. Bland started the gardens around his fishing lake in 1927, and the late A.T. Heath deeded the south gardens to the city of Sumter. The Iris Festival, this year held for its 78th year, is the longest-running continuous festival in the country. The festival begins Thursday and ends Sunday. It will include a variety of events, including a parade, the annual Taste at the Gardens, live entertainment, vendors and children's activities.