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Louisa Dogwood Festival, April 12

Posted on Monday, April 7, 2014 at 9:00 am

A new event is being launched in Louisa to banish the winter blues in favor of celebrating spring and all that comes with it.

Billed as Louisa’s first outdoor garden show and fair, the Louisa Dogwood Festival will take place on Saturday, April 12 from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m.

The festival is the brainchild of the Louisa Chamber of Commerce, after board members Sharon Duke and Bill Small got together to coordinate a new springtime event using Small Country Campground as the venue.

The Chamber is excited about its newest community event  and helping to promote Louisa’s agri-businesses at the same time, all the while encouraging a buy-local movement.

The day will start off at 8 a.m. with the 5K Dogwood Dash, which is being coordinated by the Louisa County Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department. Runners will be contained entirely on the 150-acre campground located on Byrd Mill Road in Louisa.

Beginning at 10 a.m., the festival will come alive offering a wide variety of shopping, entertainment, and educational activities.  Live music, dancing horses, food vendors, demonstrations, workshops,  pony rides and children’s activities are all planned for the day.

Among the bands slated to play at the festival are The Jammers, playing oldies from the 50s and 60s, and Last Call, which features Southern rock music and mellow tunes. A host of other local and regional bands have volunteered to entertain all day until dark, according Small.

The “Dogwood Dog” beauty contest will take the stage at noon.  Competition is open to all breeds, but dangerous or noisy animals will be prohibited. The key criteria for winning this contest are beauty and poise.

A square dancing exhibit is also on tap for high noon, and the audience can join in the fun and learn to square dance by following along.  Local beauty queens and princesses will be introduced at 2 p.m.

A Dogwood parade will begin at 3 p.m.  During and after the parade, children and adults are able to ride on Small Country’s fire trucks or join in on the hayride.

Organizers invite children and adults to come out and meet Willow, a baby alpaca, and her prize-winning mother, Starlet.  The pair will be on hand to greet attendees.

To read the entire story, see the April 3 edition of The Central Virginian.