With temperatures expected in the high 70s, things are looking sunny and bright today for the opening weekend of the 75th Annual Dogwood Trails Celebration.
A parade, downtown festival, live music and activities for all ages are planned.
Festivities will kick off with the Dogwood Trails Parade at 10 a.m. today with the theme “Dogwoods and Diamonds: A Dynamic Duo.” Parade participants were encouraged to dress up as a type of famous duo — current day, past or present.
“Traditionally, a 75th anniversary is the diamond anniversary which is why we chose the ‘Dogwoods and Diamonds’ theme,” Palestine Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Meghan Hill told the Herald-Press. “We think it will be a really neat tradition to be a part of it, a very family-oriented event where the kids can play in the Kids Zone, dad can listen to the music and mom can shop downtown — something for everybody.”
This year’s parade will travel a special route starting at the Anderson County Courthouse and heading down Crawford Street, going through Old Town, turning left on Sycamore Street then right on Main Street. Judging of floats will be held in front of the Chamber of Commerce building.
The Dogwood Trails Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Palestine with arts and crafts and food vendors, live music and activities for children.
More than 75 vendors will sell everything from hair bows to handmade purses to artwork and salsa during the festival. Normal festival fare such as funnel cakes, corn dogs, turkey legs, sausage-on-a-stick and more will be available from various food vendors.
Featured on the Family Stage will be the band Deep South at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. with Professor QB the Clown to perform with shows at Noon, 1:15 and 2:45 p.m.