International Dogwood Festival is next weekend
One of the most anticipated events in Tennessee is set for next weekend in Winchester.
The 10th Annual International Dogwood Festival will feature three days of free music concerts and more on or near the downtown Winchester Square Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 2-3-4.
In addition to a fantastic lineup of musical entertainment (listed below), everyone is invited to enjoy three days of a free kidzone, free teenzone featuring rap artist DPB; arts, crafts and food vendors and more.
The Dogwood Parade, honoring Franklin County’s nurserymen, is at 6 p.m. Lineup is at 5 p.m. starting on the Cowan Highway at Designers Discounts, proceeding across the square and ending on North Jefferson St. prior to Clark Memorial School. The musical entertainment schedule includes Nikki Richardson Clark, 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.; Good Shepherd Jazz Band, 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.; Stagger Moon Band, 3:10 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Shareen and the Kings, 4:50 p.m. to 6:10 p.m.; Legacy, 6:30 p.m. to 7:50 p.m.; and Entice, 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
The Manuel Statham Plant Auction will present a great opportunity to buy beautiful plants at the Winchester downtown fire hall, located on First Avenue Northwest. Registration for buyer numbers begins at 8 a.m. with bidding at 9 a.m.
A dog show is set for 9 a.m. in the Kidzone. Register at 8:30 a.m.
Awards will be presented to the smallest, largest, best tail wager, best trick, best costume, look-alike and Dogwood Festival Dog of the Year.
An exciting tractor show will be located one-block off the square on College Street.
Prizes will be awarded for best of show and oldest tractor. Participation plaques will be presented for all tractors. There is no entry fee. Contact Ray Davis at 308-9377.
A cornhole tournament is at 10 a.m. in downtown Winchester.
Register at 9 a.m. Entry fee for children is $5 and for adults, $20 (covers single and doubles).
Awards include Dogwood cornhole boards, $50, T-shirts and trophies. Contact Edd Hill for information at 967-3491 or Winchester City Hall, 967-4771.
A free car show will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with awards presented at 3 p.m. at the old Franklin County High School football fi eld located on Dinah Shore Boulevard in Winchester.
Car entry fee is 10 canned food items or a donation to the Franklin County Salvation Army.
Dash plaques will be awarded to the first 100 to register.
For information call Billy Vaughan, 691-1696 or Casey Vaughan, 580-7665.
The musical entertainment schedule includes Ben and Hillary, 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.; Rock Creek Bluegrass, 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.; Slim Chance Band, noon to 12:50 p.m.; Whiskey Bent Valley, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.; Buck Sixx, 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.; 12 Miles North, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Iron Gap, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Charlie Daniels Band, 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Sunday continues with arts and crafts, the free kidzone and teenzone and other fun as well as the following musical entertainment including Won by One, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Agape Ministries Choir, 2 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.; Noah Hinshaw, 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.; and the Sims Family from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The Dogwood festival was started when the Winchester Tourism Committee and Winchester city administration began working on a community event that would provide world-class entertainment to the community and the region.
The festival became a reality in 2005 with the fi rst Dogwood Festival.
Since that year, the festival has become a tradition for families all over the region and even all over the country.
Support from sponsors covers many of the expenses involved in producing the festival, and it is how the festival continues to be able to offer the free activities and concerts.
A volunteer and city staff supported committee plans the festival and works year-round to produce the event.