The Dogwoods are blooming and that is a sign that the Dogwood festival is fast approaching.

Orleans Chamber of Commerce executive director Robert Henderson says the theme chosen for the 2013 Dogwood Festival is “In Spring, Dogwoods Beckon Us Home.”


Dogwood Festival begins in Orleans on April 27

This year’s festival begins on April 27 and continues non-stop through May 5th.

Henderson says, the Chamber will again play host with over 40-plus events including the popular Town-Wide Yard Sale on the opening weekend and our main “Fun-raiser” of the year, the Silent Auction.

Follow all the festival happenings on-line at or on Face Book.

Congrats to longtime businessman and hometown barber Elmo Wolfe for being named as the 2013 Dogwood Parade Grand Marshal. The parade is May 3. everyone’s favorite parade.

2013 Dogwood Festival Calendar of Events

All Week
**First Aid Station – South side of Congress Square
Carnival – Congress Square – 5 -10 p.m. nightly
Photo Contest – OCC Unity Hall
Student Art Show – Orleans Public Library
Vendor Arts & Crafts – Congress Square
Dogwood Festival Headquarters – Chamber of Commerce

Friday, April 26
ALL DAY-Town wide Yard Sale

Saturday, April 27 (Opening Day)
ALL DAY – Town Wide Yard Sale
8 am 1st Annual Dogwood 3 on 3 Basketball Tourney -Congress Square (basketball court).
9 am Baby Contest- Orleans Elementary
11 am Fire Department Pork Roast- Congress Square
Noon Kiwanis Bubble Gum Contest- (Bandstand)
1 pm Horseshoe Tourney- Airport
1 pm Pet Parade – Congress Square (Bandstand)
6 pm Queen Contest – Orleans Elementary
6 pm Citizen of the Year – OES

Sunday, April 28
2 pm Tiny Miss & Little Miss Blossom – Orleans Elementary
5 pm Little Miss Petal & Little Miss Dogwood – OES

Monday, April 29
4 pm – 7:30 pm Student Art Open House- Library
5:30 pm OES/OHS Choir performance- Main Stage
6 pm OHS Pep Band performance- Congress Sq.
7 pm WUME Lip Sync contest- Main Stage

Tuesday, April 30
6 pm Phi Beta Psi Style Show & Salad Supper- OES
6 p.m. Tumble Time/OC Fitness-Main Stage
7 pm Acoustic Jam- Library North Lawn

Wednesday, May 1 (Church Night)
4:30 pm “Knitting Witness” – Prayer Shaw Ministry Orleans UMC – Congress Square
6 pm Community Gospel Sing- Sponsored by the Orleans Ministerial Association – Festival Main Stage

Thursday, May 2
11 am – 8 pm Silent Auction- OCC Unity Hall
11 am – 8 pm Photo Contest – OCC Unity Hall
4:30 pm – 7 pm Art Walk- TBA
6:30 sign in/ 7 p.m. Game Starts Euchre Tourney- Fire Department
5 pm Registration /6 pm Races – Cub Scout Rain Gutter
Regatta- Congress Square (North Side)
5:30-6:15 pm – Sam Vernon’s Martial Arts & Fitness
6:30-8:30 pm .50 Caliber Band – Concert- Main Stage
TBA Local observance of National Day Prayer – Congress Sq.

Friday, May 3 (Youth Night)
11 am – 8 pm Silent Auction – OCC Unity Hall
11 am – 8 pm Photo Contest – OCC Unity Hall
4:30 pm – 7 pm Art Walk- TBA
5 – 7 pm Orleans UMC Ham & Bean Supper-Orleans Ele.
5 – 6 Brendan Batman (2012 Dogwood Idol) Main Stage
6:30 pm OHS REDLINE Dance team – performance- Basketball Court
7 pm Moore Monsters Band – Main Stage
8 – 10 pm Pet Monkey Band- Main Stage

Saturday, May 4
6:30 am – 9:00 am Kiwanis Breakfast- Orleans Elementary
9 am – 12 pm Tri County Tractor Club Classic Tractor Exhibit
DP Grain Parking Lot
9 am – 6:00 pm Silent Auction- OCC Unity Hall
9 am – 5:00 pm Photo Contest Display – Unity Hall
Noon PARADE- Theme “In Spring, Dogwoods Beckon Us Home”
2 pm (approx.) Sweet Water – Main Stage
5 pm – Carnival Rides Close

Sunday, May 5
9:45 am OCC “Be the Church” Community Clean-up (to clean up litter along the route of the parade and Congress Square)
6 pm Vesper Service – Orleans United Methodist Church

Some events subject to change or cancellation due to weather. Main St. Entertainment will be moved to Orleans Elementary, SR 337 E in the event of bad weather.