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 TBA, 2015. USATF Certified Course. Chip timing by CAPE ROAD RUNNERS.
For further information:
Pre-registration is $15.00 with a March TBA or earlier postmark; race day registration is $20.00.
The 38th Annual 5K Race registration form will be linked here in late winter of 2016.
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.
Dr. E. Charles Rolwing Park
1100 block of East Commercial Street
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.
Along the Dogwood-Azalea Trail
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.
East Marshall Street
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.
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 Pioneer Days 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.
Gordon Galemore Park
700 East Cypress Street
|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|
|OPEN TO:||Residents of All Communities|
|LOCATION:||Clara Drinkwater Newnam Auditorium|
|DATE:||Date to be announced in early Spring 2016|
|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|
A Pageant Entry Form will be linked here in Winter 2016.
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 TBA for adults and TBA for children.
Reservations are required for groups and bus tours.
Charleston High School
606 South Thorn Street
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!
On the Tennis Courts
Dr. E. Charles Rolwing Park
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.
109 South Main Street
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.
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.
403 North Main Street
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)
The home pictured here is only one example of the many fine homes in Charleston which may be open this season.
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 2016 registration form!
Please join us in Charleston for our Inaugural Bike Fest! We'll be here all day Saturday!
K. C. Hall
303 South Sixth Street
(Marshall Street between Fifth and Sixth)
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
The Masonic Lodge
301 South Center Street
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.
Please register by April 13, 2016, 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!
The parade registration form will be linked here in March, 2016.
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!
First Baptist Church
301 South Main Street
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.
South of Dr. E. Charles Rolwing Park
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.
Home of Mr. & Mrs. G. Clay Shelby
307 North Main Street
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.
St. Henry Catholic Church
304 East Court Street
A beautiful selection of quilts will be on display at the Clara Drinkwater Newnam Library. Come see what true needlework craftsmanship, symmetry and hand-made beauty are all about!
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
Photographs courtesy of The Enterprise-Courier except where otherwise noted.
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