Quitman could be a busy town May 11-12 with the return of the Dogwood Festival. There will be activities at Jim Hogg City Park, Dawson Athletic Complex and a parade from the high school to the park for the two-day event.
Chamber board member Kelly Kieke is looking forward to the event. “We are just extremely excited about the Dogwood Festival. Just coming together as a community, having the parade and building up the camaraderie in Quitman is important,” Kieke said.
The festival will have many family friendly activities this year. Along with the Miss Dogwood Pageant, there will be a parade, an art contest, 42 tournament, cornhole tournament, a Jim Hogg Cook-off contest featuring barbecue competition, anything strawberry competition, pie contest and jelly contest. There will also be booths available with a variety of interest.
Quitman Chamber Executive Director Lauren Wilcox is ready for the event. “We are looking forward to a great time with a lot of participation. We have had great response for our booths and vendors. “ The Tractor Pull will be at Dawson Athletic Complex near the Quitman Youth Foundation Baseball fields. Part of the proceeds will go for a scholarships as well as a donation to the Rainbow Room.
As part of the festival, the Miss Dogwood Pageant will return after a year’s hiatus on Friday, May 11. It will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Carroll Green Civic Center hosted by the chamber. Age groups will be Miss Dogwood (high school juniors), Junior Miss Dogwood (sixth and seventh grade) and Little Miss Dogwood (kindergarten through second grade). For each category there is a $25 entry fee and ticket sales winners will receive a $50 prize. Winners will receive cash prizes.
On Friday booths and vendors will start setting up at 2 p.m. There will be karaoke beginning at 6 p.m. with an adult beverage area. Bingo will also begin at 6 p.m. Saturday starts with booths and vendors opening at 9 a.m. followed by the parade at 10 a.m. followed by many activities. The Darren Morris Band will be in concert at 6 p.m. Morris is from Gilmer and is a popular regional road act throughout Texas and the southwest.
Booths will be available at $50 or $25 for a non-profit for a 10X10 space until Monday April 2. After April 2, the price will be $75 or $40 for non-profits. For information contact the chamber office at 903-763-4411. Entry forms and information for all Dogwood Festival activities can be found at their website,www.quitmancoc.com.