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This weekend’s weather forecast promises to be perfect for the 10th Annual International Dogwood Festival starting today and running through Sunday in and around down-town Winchester.
This year will include more free fun and entertainment than ever before, with concerts, kidz zone, teen zone, arts and crafts vendors, a parade, car and tractor shows, food vendors, a plant auction and much more.
Beth Rhoton, City of Winchester Administrator, said Thursday morning she was anticipating a large crowd.
“The weather should be wonderful, and we expect the best Dogwood Festival since we’ve been doing them,” Rhoton said. “We have lots of new things this year, and we’re just excited about celebrating our 10th annual festival.”
Rhoton said the circus tra-peze in the kidz zone is a new addition as well as a paint-your-own canvas activity lo-cated at the end of Community Street from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday (while canvasses last).
She explained that Frank-lin County Art Guild members will help anyone paint their own canvas, which they may then take home free of charge. About 1,000 canvases were purchased for the event, which is expected to be very popular.
Years past have drawn large crowds from surrounding counties and out of state to enjoy the festivities in celebrating the beautiful dogwood trees and that Franklin County’s nurserymen are deemed among the most excellent in cultivating and promoting the popular tree throughout the nation.
This afternoon starts out with ongoing musical enter-tainment at 1 p.m. The popular band, Stagger Moon, plays at 3:10 followed by Shareen and the Kings, Legacy and the popular band from Nashville, Entice.
Top-notch musicians will keep the air alive with music on Saturday with rock and roll, country, bluegrass and more, leading up to the famous Char-lie Daniels Band at 9 p.m.
Sunday will be dedicated primarily to gospel music bands and continuous fun in the kidz and teen zones, arts and crafts and food vendors.
So, those seeking some free springtime fun that the entire family will take pleasure in, don’t miss out on this big festival.
The 2014 Dogwood Festival tabloid, featuring complete information about the festival, along with a schedule of entertainers, was included as in insert in Tuesday’s edition of The Herald Chronicle and copies are available by stop-ping by The Herald-Chronicle office at 906 Dinah Shore Blvd. in Winchester.