40th Annual Dogwood Festival

Held the weekend of the last Sunday in April each year, the Dogwood Festival celebrates its 40th anniversary this year on April 25-27 in Siloam Springs.

It brings an estimated crowd of 30,000 into the two major downtown parks for shopping, food, and a kids zone. Of course, nature does its part by offering beautiful blooming dogwoods in white and pink. The redbud trees often bloom at the same time, adding to the already spectacular spring color.

Handmade, assembled and resale items can be found in the more than 200 booths from exhibitors from all over the United States.

Dogwood Festival food vendors provide a variety of home-cooked foods including red beans and rice, gumbo, bread pudding, smoked chicken dinners, tacos, turkey legs, catfish, hamburgers, hot dogs, caramel apples, funnel cakes, kettle corn and cold drinks.

The KidZone offers rides and activities for the younger festival-goers including trampoline bungee jumpers, inflatable obstacle course, a rock-climbing wall, a mechanical bull, a train ride, bouncing activities and more.

The well-known festival is organized by the Siloam Springs Chamber of Commerce’s Volunteer Dogwood Festival Committee. Since 1974, community residents have donated hundreds of hours each year helping to make the festival a great success.

For more information, call 479-524-6466, e-mail mary@siloamchamber.com or visit www.siloamchamber.com/News_and_Events/Dogwood_Festival.aspx.