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Orleans Town-Wide Yard Sale Coming April 21-22
Updated April 19, 2017 8:03 AM | Filed under: Event
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(ORLEANS) - For nearly 50 years, the Orleans community has celebrated the blooming of the dogwood trees with a festival the last week of April. This year's 49th annual Dogwood Festival will begin April 21st with a number of pre-festival activities.

Then, officially the festival runs April 26 through April 29.

In the early 1960s, the Village Improvement Society, under the direction of Elizabeth "Bill" Wheeler, began planting dogwood trees along the town streets, in Congress Square and around the town's cemeteries.

Then in 1965, the town celebrated its Sesquicentennial. Following the Sesquicentennial, local leaders needed to find a new focus. Kate Noblitt envisioned an annual festival based on the blooming of the dogwoods. Her effort led to the annual festival and Orleans being named the Dogwood Capital of Indiana.

So each spring, Orleans residents are joined by former residents and other area citizens in marking the Dogwood Festival. The fickle spring weather sometimes plays havoc with events, but every year, since 1968, there has been a festival.

The Orleans Chamber of Commerce will once again be sponsoring its popular and Annual Town-Wide Yard Sale in conjunction with the upcoming 2017 Dogwood Festival. The yard sales will begin this Friday.

The 49th Annual Dogwood Parade will be Saturday April 29th at 2 p.m.

Friday, April 21

  • All-Day-Town-Wide Yard Sale

Saturday, April 22

  • All-Day Town-Wide Yard Sale
  • 7-9 am Dogwood Pedal Ride(Registration)-Bandstand Downtown *Sponsored By Javaroma Coffee
  • 9 am Dogwood Baby Contest-Orleans Elementary Cafeteria
  • 1 pm Dogwood Horseshoe Tournament-Orleans Airport
  • 6 pm Dogwood Queen Contest-Orleans Elementary

Sunday, April 23

  • 1 pm Little Miss Dogwood-Orleans Elementary
  • 4 pm Little Miss Petal & Little Miss Dogwood-Orleans Elementary
  • 7 p.m. Dogwood Opening Prayer Event/Children's Musical, "100% Chance of Rain" -OCC Unity Hall

Monday, April 24

  • 5 pm Carnival opens-Congress Square
  • *Brady Amusements sponsored by Orleans American Legion Post #69
  • *O.B.R. Band Parents Food Stand Opens Downtown

Tuesday, April 25

  • 4-7 pm Student Art Show - Orleans Library
  • 5-10 pm Carnival-Congress Square
  • 6 pm-Phi Beta Psi Styles & Salads-Orleans High School Cafetorium
  • Wednesday, April 26 (Official Opening Day)
  • Dogwood Headquarters-Chamber Office
  • Vendors Arts & Crafts-Congress Square
  • 4:30 pm - OHS Choir Performs-Main Stage
  • 4:30-7:30 - Student Art Reception - Methodist Church Basement
  • 5 pm - OHS Pep Band Concert - Main Stage
  • 5-10 pm Carnival-Congress Square
  • 6 pm - Gospel in the Park - Main Stage *Sponsored by Orleans Area Ministerial Association

Thursday, April 27

  • Dogwood Headquarters-Chamber Office
  • Vendors Arts & Crafts-Congress Square
  • 11 am - 8 pm Silent Auction- OCC Unity Hall
  • 11 am - 8 pm Quilt Show- OCC Unity Hall
  • 11 am - 8 pm Dogwood Art Walk-OCC Unity Hall lobby
  • 4 pm - 8 pm Photo Contest Display-OCC Unity Hall
  • 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm Student Art Display - Methodist Church Basement
  • 5 -10 pm Carnival-Congress Square
  • 5 pm Registration/6 pm Start *Cub Scout Rain Gutter Regatta-Congress Square *Sponsored by Coca-Cola
  • 6:30 pm Sign-In/ 7 p.m. Start -Euchre Tourney-Fire Department
  • 7:30- pm - WUME 95 Talent Show-Main Stage

Friday, April 28

  • Dogwood Headquarters-Chamber office
  • Vendors Arts & Crafts-Congress Square
  • 11 am - 8 pm Silent Auction- OCC Unity Hall
  • 11 am - 8 pm Quilt Show- OCC Unity Hall
  • 11 am - 8 pm Dogwood Art Walk-OCC Unity Hall lobby
  • 4 pm - 8 pm Photo Contest-OCC Unity Hall
  • 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm Student Art Display - Methodist Church Basement
  • 5 -7 pm UMC Ham & Bean Supper-Orleans Elementary
  • 5-10 pm Carnival-Congress Square
  • 7 pm - The Honky Tonk Heroes band - Main Stage

    Saturday, April 29

    • Dogwood Headquarters-Chamber office
    • Vendors Arts & Crafts-Congress Square
    • 6:30-9 am Kiwanis Breakfast-Orleans Elementary
    • 10 am Dogwood Pet Parade - Fountain area
    • 11 a.m. "Scaly Tailz" (Come meet some of our critter friends) - SW Corner Stage in Park
    • 11 a.m. FREE Lunchtime Concert with Jordan Bennett - Main Stage
    • 11 am-2 pm Photo Contest Display-OCC Unity Hall
    • 11 am-4 pm Silent Auction- OCC Unity Hall
    • 9 am - 2 pm Quilt Show- OCC Unity Hall
    • 12 noon Kiwanis Bubblegum Contest-Bandstand
    • 12 noon - 9pm Carnival-Congress Square
    • 2 PM- 49th Annual Dogwood Parade - Historic Maple Street (SR 37)
    • Theme: "Helping Hands, Helping Others-A Community that Serves"
    • 2017 Grand Marshals: Orleans Ministerial Association
    • Immediately after the parade Sweet Water band - Main Stage
    ​ Weather Note: Some events subject to change or cancellation due to weather. The Main Stage entertainment may be moved to Orleans Elementary, SR 337 E in the event of bad weather.

    *Both the Orleans Christian Church and Orleans United Methodist are designated emergency type shelter areas during festival week in the event of severe weather or other type of emergency.

    First Aid-Orleans 1st Responders (South side square).

    Dogwood Headquarters, festival, area visitor info etc. (Orleans Chamber, north side of square)



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