Dancing horses, beauty queens, princesses, live music, food vendors, a bouncing pillow, water wars, face painting, and a tongue-in-cheek Dogwood Dog beauty contest are all part of the first Louisa Dogwood Festival to be held at Small Country Campground in Louisa Saturday, April 12 from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. The event is being organized and run by the Louisa Chamber of Commerce.
Early sales of dogwood trees and azaleas and other flowering trees and plants will be held by members of the Louisa Chamber on Saturday, April 5 at the Glen Mayre shopping center in downtown Louisa beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing until all trees are sold out.
The festival will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 12, preceded by a 5-K Dogwood Run at 8 a.m organized by Louisa Parks and Recreation. The run will be held entirely on the 150-acre Small Country Campground to minimize traffic dangers. Runners can sign up by calling (540) 967-4420 or go to the web site www.lcpr.info.
Festival gates open to the public at 10 a.m. April 12 with live music and food and crafts vendors. A host of local and regional bands have volunteered to entertain all day until dark. Dogwood trees and other flowering trees, plants, seeds and vegetables will be on sale by the Chamber and other vendors until they run out.
The dancing horses from the Beautiful Brokenness Ministry will perform several times beginning at 11 a.m. These horses have been saved and learn to obey and perform a variety of dance steps and tricks. Kids and adults marvel at their performances.
To read the entire story, see the March 13 edition of The Central Virginian.