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47th Annual Dogwood Festival In Full-Swing
Updated April 28, 2015 9:53 AM | Filed under: Event
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(ORLEANS) - The Annual 47th Dogwood Festival is in full swing.

Orleans Chamber of Commerce says there will be carnival rides, games, children's activities, arts and crafts, a hometown parade, food, live entertainment and hopefully the Historic Congress Square will be surrounded by dogwoods in full-bloom.

Admission is free.

The event is recognized as one of Midwest Living Magazine's "Top Five Flowering Festivals".
The dogwood tree is the trademark of Orleans, the Dogwood Capital of Indiana, as "Operation Dogwood," was launched in the mid-1960s with a goal of having hundreds of the trees planted along roadways, the historic town park square and in yards. The annual Dogwood Festival celebrates the town's beautiful Dogwood blossoms each spring.

Orleans turns 200 years old in 2015 (1815-2015). This milestone will be celebrated with special events throughout the year, so mark your calendars and plan to be a part of the year-long birthday Bicentennial Celebration.

The Orleans Historic District was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2009.

Wednesday, April 29 (Official Opening Day)

  • Dogwood Headquarters-Chamber Office
  • Vendors Arts & Crafts-Congress Square
  • 4-7 pm Student Art Show-Orleans Library
  • 4:30 pm OES/OHS Choir Performs-Main Stage
  • 5 pm OHS Pep Band Concert-Main Stage
  • 5-10 pm Carnival-Congress Square
  • 6 pm *Gospel in the Park (Kirby Staley)-Main Stage
  • *Sponsored by Orleans Area Ministerial Association

Thursday, April 30

  • Dogwood Headquarters-Chamber Office
  • Vendors Arts & Crafts-Congress Square
  • 10 am - 7 pm Student Art Show Orleans Library
  • 11 am- 8 pm Silent Auction-OCC Unity Hall
  • 11 am-8 pm Photo Contest Display-OCC Unity Hall
  • 11 am- 8 pm Dogwood Art Walk-OCC Unity Hall lobby
  • 5-10 pm Carnival-Congress Square
  • 5 pm Registration/6 pm Start *Cub Scout Rain Gutter Regatta-Congress Square
  • 6:30 pm Sign-In/ 7 p.m. Start -Euchre Tourney-Fire Department
  • 8 pm 50 Caliber - Main Stage

Friday, May 1

  • Dogwood Headquarters-Chamber office
  • Vendors Arts & Crafts-Congress Square
  • 10 am - 7 pm Student Art Show Orleans Library
  • 11 am - 8 pm Silent Auction-OCC Unity Hall
  • 11 am - 8 pm Photo Contest-OCC Unity Hall
  • 11 am - 8 pm Dogwood Art Walk-OCC Unity Hall lobby
  • 5 -7 pm UMC Ham & Bean Supper-Orleans Elementary
  • 5-10 pm Carnival-Congress Square
  • 7 pm Pet Monkey Band performs-Main Stage

Saturday, May 2

  • Dogwood Headquarters-Chamber office
  • Vendors Arts & Crafts-Congress Square
  • 7-9 am Register Dogwood Pedal - Orleans Elementary
  • 6:30-9 am Kiwanis Breakfast-Orleans Elementary
  • 9 am-4 pm Silent Auction-OCC Unity Hall
  • 9 am-4 pm Photo Contest Display-OCC Unity Hall
  • 2 pm-5 pm Student Art Show - Orleans Library
  • 10 am Dogwood Pet Parade-Bandstand area
  • 11 am Kiwanis Bubblegum Contest-Bandstand
  • 12 NOON-47th Annual Dogwood Parade
  • Theme: "Honoring the Past-Anticipating the Future "-Historic Maple Street (SR 37)
  • 2 pm Sweet Water (band)-Main Stage
  • 5 pm Carnival closes
  • Sunday, May 3 (Official Closing Out)
  • 4 pm Community Vesper Service - Congress Square
  • In case of rain, Orleans United Methodist Church


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