Schedule of Events - Charleston, Missouri's, 47th Annual Dogwood-Azalea Festival

Dogwood-Azalea Festival Schedule of Events - April 16 - 19, 2015

 

37th Annual 5 K Race, Youth & Toddler Race

Photo of the start of the 5K Race

Race our beautiful, scenic route in the oldest foot-racing event in southeast Missouri on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.  Youth & Toddler Race begins at 1:30 p.m.  Check-in opens at 11:30 a.m. and closes at 1:00 p.m.  High quality T-shirts are guaranteed if registered by March 30, 2015.  USATF Certified Course.  Chip timing by CAPE ROAD RUNNERS.

For further information:

Email:  da5krun@gmail.com

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:

Pre-registration is $15.00 with a March 30 or earlier postmark; race day registration is $20.00.

DOWNLOAD the 2015 37th Annual 5K Race Entry Form!

REGISTER ONLINE for the 2015 37th Annual 5K Race!

View Historic 5K Race Individual Times!

View the 2014 36th Annual 5K Race Overall results!

Visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/da5krun!

Back to Top

 

Arts & Crafts Bazaar

Photo of the Arts & Crafts Bazaar

Dr. E. Charles Rolwing Park will be filled with arts and crafts, food booths, and live entertainment.

Park events run Friday 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location:

Dr. E. Charles Rolwing Park
1100 block of East Commercial Street

Back to Top

 

Candlelight Tour

Photo of the beautiful Candlelight Tour
Photograph by Jimmy Sisk.

The Saturday evening Candlelight Tour is exquisitely enchanting!  As day turns to dusk volunteers line the sidewalks along the Dogwood-Azalea Trail with beautifully glowing white luminarias.

Residents cast spotlights on banks of brilliant azaleas and dazzling dogwoods as softly suffused candlelight blazons beckoning footpaths beneath the foliage festooning the thoroughfares.  Many enjoy the Candlelight Tour while trundling in the repose of their motor cars.  Others see fit to saunter along the sidewalk betwixt the lambent luminarias - finding friends old and new while celebrating the sights and sounds of merryment emanating from private porticos overlooking the Trail.  Featured entertainment here and there along the way extends to the Candlelight Tour an aura even more agreeable.

Location:

Along the Dogwood-Azalea Trail


NEW THIS YEAR FOR THE CANDLELIGHT TOUR!

The wealth of warm luminarias lining the sidewalks on Saturday evening, refulgent in the twilight, are an outright delight to the senses.  This year the the American Cancer Society will undertake a luminaria project aimed at increasing cancer awareness and funding for a cure.

Luminarias marked "Relay for Life" may be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce tent located in Rolwing Park or at the Chamber of Commerce office downtown from now until noon on Saturday.  Cost per luminaria is only $5 each.  Luminarias may be dedicated in honor, or in memory, of someone who has battled cancer.

Participation in this program is, of course, voluntary, and will be well received.  The marked luminarias will be interspersed among the plain white luminarias as volume dictates.

Thank you!

Back to Top

 

Carnival

Photo of the Carnival Rides

Bring the children and enjoy all of the rides and games!  The carnival runs on Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Location:

East Marshall Street

Back to Top

 

Carriage Rides

Photo of a horse pulling a fancy carriage

Tour the lovely tree lined streets in a horse-drawn carriage.  Rides begin at the corner of Cypress and Smith Street.  Saturday Noon 'til 8:00 p.m.

Price:  $6.00

Back to Top

 

A Step Back in Time Pre-1880's Encampment

Photo of working craftsmen in a tent dressed in 19th century apparel

Here's your opportunity to step back in time by visiting with folks from a by-gone era.  Learn about fur trading and frontier skills, and observe useful crafts of the day.

See a blacksmith in action!  Enjoy a homemade sarsaparilla!  Touch real pelts and hear about fur trading as you enjoy visiting with those camped in our "A Step Back in Time Pre-1880's Encampment."  The exhibitors will be outfitted in period garb working with period tools and equipment.  See interesting and practical crafts of the day demonstrated in camp at Gordon Galemore Park during our Dogwood-Azalea Festival!

Friday from Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Admission:  Free

Location:

Gordon Galemore Park
700 East Cypress Street

Back to Top

 

Miss Dogwood-Azalea Pageant

Our Delightful 2014 Dogwood-Azalea Queen attended by her Royal Court

Photo of our Reigning Dogwood-Azalea Queen and her Royal Court
Photograph courtesy of The Mississippi County Times

Miss Tori Williams of Sikeston, 2nd Alternate; Miss Lauren Eby of Sikeston, 2014 Miss Dogwood-Azalea; Miss Aria Parker of Morley, 1st Alternate

AGE DIVISIONS

Little Miss Dogwood-Azalea: Girls Ages 3-4 Years
Little Petite Miss Dogwood-Azalea: Girls Ages 5-6 Years
Petite Miss Dogwood-Azalea: Girls Ages 7-9 Years
Pre-Teen Miss Dogwood-Azalea: Girls Ages 10-12 Years
Junior Miss Dogwood-Azalea: Girls Ages 13-15 Years
Miss Dogwood-Azalea: Girls Ages 16-18 Years

REGISTRATION AND VENUE INFORMATION

OPEN TO: Residents of All Communities
LOCATION: Clara Drinkwater Newnam Auditorium
DATE: Thursday, April 9, 2015
TIME: 6:30 p.m. (Doors will open at 5:45 p.m.)
DOOR ADMISSION: $5.00 per person (Contestants & children under 2 free)
SPONSORED BY: Charleston Chamber of Commerce
ENTRY DEADLINE: Thursday, April 2, 2015 (8:00 PM)


CLICK HERE to download and print the Pageant Information Sheet and Entry Form!

Back to Top

 

Fish Fry

Photo of Kiwanis Club Fish Fry

A scrumptious fish fry with all the trimmings is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club Saturday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Admission is $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children.

Reservations are required for groups and bus tours.

Location:

Student Commons
Charleston High School
606 South Thorn Street

Dog Show

Certainly, no proper Dogwood-Azalea Festival would be complete without the Kiwanis Club Dog Show!

What is Fido's finest feature?  You'll find out as Blue Ribbons are awarded to each family pet.

Be there Saturday at 4:00 p.m. to witness the most entertaining canine competition to be found anywhere between Poplar Bluff and Paducah!

Admission:  Free

Location:

On the Tennis Courts
Dr. E. Charles Rolwing Park

Back to Top

 

Warren E. Hearnes Museum

Museum photo of Missouri Governor Warren E. Hearnes and wife Betty.

View items and memorabilia from Charleston's native son Missouri Governor Warren E. Hearnes' 22 year tenure in elected office Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. 'til Noon.

Free Admission

Location:

Downtown
109 South Main Street

Back to Top

 

Joseph Hunter Moore Home (Mississippi County Historical Society Museum)

Photo of the Moore Home

Built in 1899, the Historical Society's Moore Home is a lovely three story home furnished with pieces authentic to the period.  In 1977 the generous heirs of Joe and Carrie Moore gifted this beautiful Victorian country home to the benefit of the Society.  Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the seventeen room house contains seven fireplaces, and is fully furnished including the original dining room furniture and gas chandelier.

Learn more by visiting the Society's web site.

Tour the Moore Home and Museum

Tours are available Thursday and Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Admission:  $4.00

Location:

403 North Main Street

Back to Top

 

Private Home Tours

Photo of a lovely Charleston home

Tour a private residence Thursday and Friday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Admission:  $15.00 (includes the Moore Home listed above)

Please Note:
The home pictured here is only one example of the many fine homes in Charleston which may be open this season.

Back to Top

 

Missouri Knights on Bikes - Bike Fest 2015

Photo of the Missouri Knights on Bikes flyer

In conjunction with Special Olympics Missouri and Missouri Knights of Columbus, the Missouri Knights on Bikes team has offered its assistance in helping in the cause of supporting our $1,000,000.00 (Million Dollar) Challenge with the goal of the building a new Training for Life Campus in Jefferson City, Missouri.

Click here for more information and a Bike Fest 2015 registration form!

Please join us in Charleston for our Inaugural Bike Fest!  We'll be here all day Saturday!

Location:

K. C. Hall
303 South Sixth Street
(Marshall Street between Fifth and Sixth)

Back to Top

 

Ice Cream Social

Enjoy our old fashioned ice cream social at the Masonic Lodge, Saturday from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Admission:  $4.00 per person

Location:

Downtown
The Masonic Lodge
301 South Center Street

Back to Top

 

Dogwood-Azalea Parade

Photo of a float and its attendants in the Dogwood-Azalea Parade

The Dogwood-Azalea Parade is one of the largest in the area!  Find your viewing place downtown or along Commercial Street Saturday morning before the 11:00 a.m. start time.

The Parade begins at City Hall.  It will process southward on Main Street to Commercial Street then turn to march eastward on Commercial Street - all the way to the Bazaar at Dr. E. Charles Rolwing Park!

Limited group seating in a special viewing area downtown is available for charter groups.
Special Parade Seating:  $5.00 per person.

REGISTER TO BE IN THE PARADE:

Please register by April 15, 2015, to save your place in the parade!

There is no fee to participate in the Dogwood-Azalea Festival Parade.
We encourage and appreciate your creative involvement!

CLICK HERE to access the Dogwood-Azalea Parade Registration Form!

Back to Top

 

Piano Praise Concerts

Photo of the Piano Praise Concert inside the First Baptist Church

Seating is limited!  Charter groups should reserve early!

Piano concerts with eight pianos, 16 pianists, and one organist will take place Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. and Sunday at 3:30 p.m.  The lovely music is sure to capture the attention of young and old alike.  Truly magnificent!

Free Admission

Location:

Downtown
First Baptist Church
301 South Main Street

Back to Top

 

Phillip's Exotic Animal Petting Zoo and Swine Races

Photo of some pigs racing around a fenced oval track

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

Open Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location:

South of Dr. E. Charles Rolwing Park

Back to Top

 

Plant Sale

Photo of the Garden Club Plant Sale

Since 1952, the Molly French Garden Club has been supplying area gardeners with azalea varieties hardy to the region.  The sale will be held Thursday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., and Sunday from Noon to 4:00 p.m.

Location:

Home of Mr. & Mrs. G. Clay Shelby
307 North Main Street

Back to Top

 

St. Henry Church Tour

Pen and ink image of St. Henry Church.
Image courtesy of St. Henry Parish.

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.

Of particular interest are the beautifully life-like stained glass windows, created by the Jacoby Art Glass Company of St. Louis, which were installed circa 1910.  Three new bells, cast by Struckstede and Brothers of St. Louis, were positioned in the bell tower during the summer of 1924.  A two-manual pipe organ, built by the Wicks Organ Company of Highland, Illinois, was installed in 1936 framing the rose window of St. Cecilia.

Learn more by visiting St. Henry's web site.

Admission is free.  You may leave a love offering if you choose.

Time:  Thursday and Friday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location:

Downtown
St. Henry Catholic Church
304 East Court Street

Back to Top

 

The Sharecroppers Rebellion:  When Cotton Was King

Step back to a time when cotton was king, mules pulled the plows, and some of the sharecroppers on the farms surrounding Charleston brought national and world-wide attention to their dismal plight.

Evicted from the land, those sharecroppers moved their families and possessions into makeshift lean-tos and tents erected along the shoulders and ditches of Highway 60 from Wyatt to Poplar Bluff and Highway 61 from Sikeston to Hayti during the cold winter of 1939.  Their stories stand largely unknown to a new generation - buried in history until recently.

This exhibit runs Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location:  Clara Drinkwater Newnam Library, 105 East Marshall Street

Back to Top

 

Photographs courtesy of The Enterprise-Courier except where otherwise noted.