Tallapoosa Dogwood Festival / Dogwood Dash

Tallapoosa Dogwood Festival/Dogwood Dash    April 11, 2015

Observing the theme “Tallapoosa on My Mind”, the April event will celebrate local living and is sponsored by the Tallapoosa Historical Society and Pioneer Ford of Bremen, with the support of the City of Tallapoosa.

Local florist and Historical Society member Tommy Allen will again create traditional bows to decorate homes and businesses for the festival season. The bows go on sale next week.

The Tallapoosa Dogwood Festival Beauty Pageant will start the two-day event at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 10 in the Tallapoosa Civic Center, followed by an action-packed day on Head Avenue Saturday, April 11.

The pageant competition will include six age groups from newborn to 19.  Suzy Vines, owner of Suzy Q’s Formal Wear of Tallapoosa has donated tiaras for the event.  Applications may be obtained at Allen’s Flowers & Gifts, Peacock Perch, Suzy Q’s and Tallapoosa City Hall, as well as Salon 27 in Buchanan.  For details, contact Phyllis Allen: pmallen9865@yahoo.com or 770-842-7061.

Held in  the second Saturday in April.  Fair begins at 8:oo a.m. and offers a variety of hand-made crafts as well as demonstrations by local artisans.

The festival parade will start at 2:00 p.m. “Rhubarb’s Pick” float, chosen by Country Music Hall of Famer Rhubarb Jones, will win a trophy and a $50 gift certificate.   There is no charge for entering a float.  Entry forms are available at Tallapoosa City Hall and Peacock Perch. For details, contact Sharon:  redroses5587@yahoo.com or 678-573-8073.

For vendor applications and general questions, contact festival chairman Lowell White: lewjaw@bellsouth.net  or 770-315-3986.

The 8:00 a.m. starter’s pistol will put the Saturday events in motion with the annual Tallapoosa Lions Dogwood Dash 5K Walk-Run, starting and finishing at League-Lowe Memorial Park.  For more Dogwood Dash information, contact Jaeson Smith at 770-301-2581.

A ribbon cutting by Possum Drop King and Queen Raymond and Sharon Ballew and government officials will formally open the Head Avenue festivities Saturday at 9:00 a.m.  Festival patrons at the opening may have photos taken with the king and queen and get free chances to win valuable door prizes donated by local businesses. There is no festival admission charge.

WKNG Radio will broadcast live from 9 a.m. to noon.

“For the first time, we’ll have free rides in an old-fashioned horse-drawn carriage, courtesy of Wayne Davis Concrete, Joyce Davis, Allen’s Florist and Gail White.  Attendees are encouraged to take advantage of the rides to experience some of Tallapoosa’s Historical Sites such as League-Lowe Veterans Memorial Park.  Visit www.explorega.org for an advance look at the impressive park created by the Haralson County Veterans Association.

“Also new, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of Tallapoosa and Bremen will demonstrate first aid and other life skills.  Mechanics Dan Pope and Ed Saxon will instruct about motors and how to operate your vehicle safely.”

Native American Charlie Hannah will exhibit his 18’ tall teepee, bead craft, dream catchers, handmade jewelry, carved bows and arrows which express his Cheyenne Indian heritage.


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