SYLACAUGA, Ala. – As the ninth annual Magic of Marble Festival neared its end, members of the community gathered to celebrate in a Wednesday evening reception at the Sylacauga Municipal Complex.

Sylacauga Mayor Jim Heigl, Arts Council President Renee Riggins, Marble Festival Committee Chairman Ted Spears, committee members, other city officials, and executives from Imerys, Omya, and Sylacauga Marble Quarry welcomed guests and visiting sculptors including Stefano Pierotti from Pietrasanta, Italy.

Miss Sylacauga, Miss Sylacauga’s Outstanding Teen, and Miss Marble Valley also participated and were recognized.

According to Spears, 33 sculptors participated in this year’s event. The purpose, he said was to “recreate the magic of marble in all of its artistic, commercial, and industrial applications.”

The annual festival, which began on April 4, concludes on April 15.

Marble is Alabama’s state rock, and Alabama’s marble comes from the Sylacauga Marble Belt – 32 miles long, from the Coosa River to just south of Talladega. “The Marble City” is constructed on a solid deposit of the hardest, whitest marble in the world.

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Lee Perryman for SylacaugaNews.com | © 2017, SylacaugaNews.com/Marble City Media LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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