Spring has sprung: Numerous outdoor activities on tap this weekend in Nacogdoches

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The first day of spring launches an abundance of outdoor activities in Nacogdoches. Each event is a perfect example of what spring is about.

Spring is rejuvenating East Texans.

"There's nothing better than spring. It's enthusiasm," said Sharon Stoneham, the vice president of the San Augustine Garden Club. "It's hope. It's new growth."

Your enthusiasm can be shared at the Big Event. Join over 1,200 Stephen F. Austin State University students and keep Nacogdoches Beautiful Volunteers in a bit of sweat equity.

"We're very, very impressed with all the students that come out," said Buzz Dutton, the director of Keep Nacogdoches Beautiful. "They are always hard working and really eager."

More enthusiasm can be found at the Farmer's Market Spring Fling.

"We're going to have two stages of live entertainment. One in the children's area and one at the farmer's market," said Sarah O'Brien, the Main Street director. "We've got 25 vendors, and we'll have cut glass and fresh produce. Maybe some strawberries. We need just a little bit more sun. Today is perfect, so we're hopeful that they are out there as well."

Or you may be hopeful for a great bargain at Nacogdoches Main Street's Shop and Stroll.

"Which is a fancy terminology for a sidewalk sale," O'Brien said.

It's a sidewalk sale where a game of bingo can lead to a prize.

"We've got 16 participating merchants that will have their merchandise out on the sidewalks," O'Brien said. "All you have to do is give them a visit. They will sign your bingo card and you can enter for a chance to win two tickets to our upcoming Boots and Brew event in September with the Nacogdoches Jaycees and a suite at the Quality Inn."

And finally spring is about new growth. Azalea Trail organizers look for it every day.

"Our spring is six weeks late," said Kimberly Wright, the owner of Dragonfly Nursery and the Tour Garden.

Nevertheless, Wright's garden, along with six others on the Tour of Home Gardens, will provide lots of landscaping ideas. If we're lucky, we'll see some early bloomers.

"By Saturday, we'll see some azaleas," Wright said. "Not the profuse blooms that we were hoping for, but there will be some color."

Catch the azalea trail symposium to learn about Texas-tough maples.

"The topic is heat-tolerant maples for the South and you can still register for that until the event. It's going to be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ina Brundrett New building on the SFA campus," said Jannette Watts, a spokeswoman for the Azalea Trail.

Enthusiasm, hope and growth. Spring has sprung.

There are also free guided tours of the Ruby Mize Azalea Garden from 1 to 4 p.m. and a Bloomin' Good Volkswagen show, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Go the Nacogdoches Azaleas Web site for a complete list of events.

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