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Spring festivities bloom during festival

Spring festivities bloom during festival

Despite chilly weather, hundreds turn out for Dogwood Festival Parade

April 17th, 2011 in News

A member from Children's Learning Center hands out fliers and candy to parade-watchers Saturday at the Dogwood Festival Parade in Camdenton.

Photo by Samantha Edmondson

Several hundred brave souls lined the streets of downtown Camdenton on a chilly and windy morning Saturday in continuing a 60-plus year tradition - the annual Dogwood Festival Parade.

With more than 100 entrants and prizes given in several categories, the parade is a must-see with a variety of civic, municipal, school, business and individual groups walking, marching, riding and "floating" down parts of U.S. 54 and Missouri 5.

Newcomers entered the parade this year, such as ... <!-- 2-year-old not-for-profit organization The Arc of the Lake and its resale shop division, Thrifty Threads & Things. Many popular returnees paraded downtown Camdenton as well, such as Brownell Physical Therapy, the Children's Learning Center, Big O Tires and the Camdenton Middle School and High School marching bands. Plus, Camdenton Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bruce Mitchell served as the parade's grand marshal this year.

The parade started at 10 a.m. from the Camdenton Schools main campus and circled throughout downtown, turned north on Highway 54 past the Camden County Courthouse and event emcees and judges, and made its way back to the school grounds.

Outside of the parade, visitors and residents at the Lake have enjoyed a variety of activities held from April 14 through today during the 61st Annual Dogwood Festival, which is the Lake Area's oldest festival.

The festival is a mix of good old-fashioned family fun that includes music, live theater, art and craft booths, pageants, a carnival, huge parade and much more. The festival concludes today with the annual Dogwood Classic Golf Tournament at Old Kinderhook in Camdenton, which benefits the Camdenton High School Band Boosters.

The festival draws upward of 10,000 attendees to Camdenton.

Attending the festival is a great way to get out and enjoy the arrival of spring in the Lake Area and the blooms on the Ozarks' living symbol of spring, the dogwood tree. -->