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Dogwoods and azaleas in bloom on town commons for 1999 Festival
Dogwood and azalea blossoms open on the town commons a day before the 1999 Festival begins Photo courtesy The Dogwood Festival

Farmville Dogwood Festival

Held annually the last weekend in April, this event coincides with the blooming of the abundant dogwood trees in Farmville. The hub of the festival is the town commons, where a tent holds 48 arts and crafts booths, and the music of country, gospel, and rock bands issues from a gazebo. Dancers from the Farmville Dance Academy perform on stage each year. Numerous activities are provided for children, including a petting zoo, puppet shows, storytelling, art experiments, and karaoke with children's songs. The town's antique fire engine is taken out of storage to provide rides to the public. Civil War re-enactors make camp and demonstrate their weaponry. Both non-profit and commercial vendors sell their wares and food. Held since 1988, the volunteer-run event drew 30,000 visitors in 1999.

Originally submitted by: Walter B. Jones, Representative (3rd District).

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