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45th Annual Dogwood-Azalea Festival

Charleston, Missouri -- April 2014

Charleston, Missouri, Annual Dogwood-Azalea Festival We invite you to join us each year in April for Charleston's Dogwood-Azalea Festival!

Tour the 6 mile trail when Charleston glows with the beauty of magnificent dogwoods and azaleas at peak bloom. Enjoy gorgeous historic homes and three-generation dogwoods and azaleas - a true feast for the senses!


(Note:  The following is by no means an all-inclusive list. It is intended to be a sampling of the many available atractions Charleston offers its visitors. Central States transportation is not, by this listing, promoting any particular vendor, party, or entity over another. This sampling is from last year's event.)

36th Annual 5 K Race, 1 Mile Walk, Youth & Toddler Race Time: March 30th - 2:00 p.m.
(Youth & Toddler Race begins at 1:30 p.m.)
Cost: Pre-Registration - $15, Day of - $20
Race the beautiful scenic route in the oldest race event in Southeast Missouri! USATF Certified Course.

Charleston Society for the Arts - Art Show Time: 14th 6:30pm-8:00pm | 15th 11:00am-5:00pm | 16th 12:00pm-5:00pm | 17th 1:00pm-4:00pm Cost: Free Some of the area's finest artists display their award winning oli paintings, pastels and more!
Some items will be for sale!

Arts & Crafts Show Time: 15th - 11am-5pm | 16th - 9am-5pm | 17th - 11am-4pm
Cost: Free
Wood crafts, jewelry, and other quality crafts in a lovely park setting with food booths and entertainment.

Candlelight Tour Time: 16th at Dusk
Cost: n/a
While luminaries line the Dogwood-Azalea Trail and banks of azaleas glow underneath the spotlights. Enjoy entertainment along the trail.

Carnival Time: 15th - 5-10pm | 16th - 10am-10pm | 17th - 11am-6pm
Cost: Varies
Carnival rides the whole family can enjoy!

Carriage Rides Time: 16th - 12-8pm
Cost: $8 Adult, $4 Children
Tour the lovely tree-lined streets in a horse-drawn carriage.

Miss Dogwood-Azalea Pageant Time: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 6:30pm (Doors will open at 5:45 p.m.)
Cost: $5 (Contestants & children under 2 free)
Early Entry Date: Thursday, March 27th, 2014 (6:00 p.m.) Late Entry Date: Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 (6:00 p.m.) Admire the region's beauties as they compete for Festival Queen

Dolls: Late 1800s to Present Time: 15th & 16th 10:00am-4:00pm
Cost: Free
A childhood favorite throughout the years for girls, both young and old.

Fish Fry Time: 16th - 4-7pm
Cost: $10 Adults, $5 Children
(Reservations required for groups and bus tours)

Charleston Kiwanis Club prepares fish with all of your favorite trimmings! Plenty of bus parking!

Dog Show Time: 16th 4:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
Come witness the most entertaining canine competition found anywhere between Poplar Bluff and Paducah!

Motorcycle Show Time: 3:00 p.m. (People's choice judging begins at 4:00 p.m.)
Cost: Free
Start off by riding your bike in the parade then enter into the People's Choice Voting Competition!

Hearnes Museum Time: 15th - 9am-4pm | 16th - 9am-12pm
Cost: Free
View items from Missouri Governor Warren Hearnes' 22 years in elective office.

Historical Society Home Tour Time: 14-15th - 10am-5pm | 16th - 9am-4pm | 17th - 1-4pm
Cost: $5
Tour this lovely three story Victorian home built circa 1899! Today the Moore House remains one of the country's loveliest links to the past.

Private Home Tours Time: 14-15th - 1-5pm
Cost: $15
Tour the Moore Home and two other beautiful residences; walk through and vividly experience two spectacular gardens.

Ice Cream Social Time: 16th - 4:30-8pm
Cost: $3
Mingle with the locals and enjoy this old-fashioned fun-filled event!

Dogwood-Azalea Parade Time: 16th - 11am
Cost: $5
Watch the floats, marching units, Queen and more! The parade begins at City Hall and ends all the way near the Bazaar at Dr. E. Charles Rolwing Park!

Piano Praise Concert Time: 16th - 1:30-4pm | 17th - 3:30pm
Cost: Free
Eight pianos, 16 pianists, and one organist! Truly magnificent!

Phillip's Exotic Animal Petting Zoo and Swine Races Time: 16th - 9am-5pm | 17th - 10am-5pm

Young and old alike will enjoy the petting zoo! Watch the swine races, and cheer on your favorite to win!

Plant Sale Time: 14th-16th - 9am-5pm | 17th - 12-4pm
Cost: Free
The Molly French Garden Club plant sale is a gardener's delight!

St. Henry's Church Tour Time: 14-15th - 1pm-5pm
Cost: Free
St. Henry Parish has occupied its property along Court Street since 1873. The Parish began construction of the current Romanesque edifice in 1905, replacing a frame structure that had existed earlier. Archbishop John J. Glennon dedicated the church on June 4, 1907.

Quilt Show Time: 14th-15th - 12-5pm | 16th - 12-4pm | 17th - 1-4pm
Cost: $3
A beautiful selection of quilts will be on display at the United Methodist Church

Antique Tractor Show Cost: Free This display will be sure to put a gleam in the eye of the gentlemen, and reveal who are the true farm girls!

Texas Rangers Encampment & Living Exhibition Time: 15th 12:00pm - 17th 8:00 a.m. Cost: Free Frontier Batallion of the Texas Rangers, Company D, Swampeast Rangers

For more information, contact:
Charleston Chamber of Commerce
110 E Commercial Street
Charleston MO 63834
(573) 683-6509

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