Communities surrounding the Lake of the Ozarks celebrate the arrival of spring during the annual Dogwood Festival. This year’s festival, which takes place in Camdenton, Missouri, is scheduled from April 25 to 27.
While the Lake of the Ozarks was recently voted one of the top two destinations in the nation for viewing colorful fall foliage by readers of USA Today, springtime in the Ozarks is a sight to behold, as well.
The hardwood forests that line the winding roads and the 1,150 miles of shoreline along the lake become a palette of soft green with pops of white and pinks from the flowering dogwoods and redbud trees.
Now in it’s 69th year, the festival is the longest-running springtime event at the Lake of the Ozarks. The festival typically coincides with the peak season of the blooming of Missouri’s state tree, the flowering dogwood, and brings in between 8,000 to 10,000 people from around the Midwest to enjoy the scenery and the activities and events that take place over the weekend.
“We look forward to the Dogwood Festival every year,” said Trish Creach, executive director of the Camdenton Chamber of Commerce. “The festival is a fun way to celebrate the season. There’s always something for everyone to enjoy.”
This year’s festival will get underway the evening of April 25 with the opening of the carnival area, located at the Camdenton Middle School, from 5 to 10 p.m.
In addition to the carnival, there will be several other activities taking place at the middle school throughout the weekend:
— April 26, there will be live musical entertainment from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. and carnival rides from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m.
— April 27, carnival rides will run from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. with dance performances and live music taking place from noon until 7 p.m. Locally made arts and crafts and a variety of food and refreshments will be sold on location at a large number of vendor booths throughout the weekend.
— At the Camden County Museum, there will be displays of handmade creations by the Lake Area Woodworkers throughout the festival.
— The “Time Traveler: Past, Present and Future” themed Dogwood Festival parade takes place at 10 a.m. April 27 in downtown Camdenton.
— The Camdenton Memorial Lake-Regional Airport will host Young Eagles Flights from 12 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. April 27. Children ages 8 to 17 can learn about aviation and fly in a small airplane with the pilots from the Lake Aviation Center.
— The Camden County Museum Players will also present their first dinner theater production of the 2019 season at 7 p.m. April 26 and 27. Doors open at 5 p.m. with a spaghetti dinner buffet served at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person. For details, call 573.346.7191, extension 8, or visit.www.CamdenCounty Museum.org.
For more information about the 2019 Dogwood Festival, including a complete schedule of activities and locations of events, visit www.CamdentonChamber.com.