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March 21, 2014

Just in time: Dogwoods bloom as annual namesake festival kicks off Saturday in Palestine


Springtime is here, according to the calendar, and some would say that calls for a citywide celebration – complete with warm sunshine, blooming dogwoods, sugary funnel cakes, music and more.

Providing such, the 76th Annual Dogwood Trails Festival will take place Saturday in historic downtown Palestine.

This year’s theme is “Get Your Kicks on Loop 256,” a nostalgic 1950s and 1960s road trip. Festival highlights will include live music and entertainment, a parade, Kids Zone, arts and crafts and more.

  • 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Arts and crafts, food vendors – Oak Street, Queen Street, Magnolia Street and John Street.

  • 9 a.m–4 p.m. Kids Zone – Main Street, Redlands parking lot and the Citizens Bank parking lot.

  • 10 a.m. – Parade – Parade starts at the Anderson County Courthouse, travels down Avenue A, turns on Main Street and ends at Main and Howard Streets.

  • 11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Music and magic at the Family Stage in the Kids Zone, Citizens Bank parking lot. Phat Johnny and the Buicks, 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. / 2–3:30 p.m. Mago Ali the Magician 1:10–1:50 p.m.

  • 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Beer Garden. Old Town in the Hollow.

  • 1–5 p.m. Festival Bands – Saw Dust Stage, Old Town in the Hollow. Lauren Alexander, 1–5 p.m., Phil Pritchett, 3:30–5 p.m.

  • 6–10 p.m. Doo-Wop Cruise -– Anderson County Courthouse Square.

“The festival is a great way to kick off the three weekends of the Dogwood Celebration,” Marc Mitchell, executive director of the Palestine Area Chamber of Commerce, said. “We have great entertainment and activities planned for the whole family.”

A $1 gate charge will be required for admission to the festival. Children 12 and under will be admitted free. All proceeds from the gate go to support local nonprofit organizations.

For more information on the Dogwood Trails Festival contact the Palestine Chamber of Commerce at 903-729-6066 or visit

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