FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The 31st annual Cahaba Lily Festival will take place on Saturday, May 16, 2020.
Usually held at the Cahaba Lily Center on Main Street, West Blocton, this year’s festival will be presented in an online-only format due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The festival celebrates the rare and unique lily that grows in spectacular clusters in the rocky shoals of the nearby Cahaba River.
The livestream will begin at 9:10 am and can be viewed on Facebook, YouTube, and the CahabaLily.com website. Links to each of the three options can be found on the website.
The world’s leading authority on the Cahaba Lily, Dr. Larry Davenport of Samford University, will headline the morning’s program. The awarding of the Kae Canon Allen Memorial Award, the crowning of Miss Cahaba Lily as well as presentations by the Friends of the Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge, the Cahaba River Society, Nature Conservancy, Alabama Cooperative Extension System, the Bibb County Citizens for Wildflowers and others will also take place. The virtual festival will end with a view of the lilies.
Missing this year, due to the virtual nature of the event, will be the native plant sales, street vendors, the home-cooked lunch usually provided by the West Blocton Improvement Committee, canoe rentals, and the free shuttles to the river from the Cahaba Lily Center on Main Street.