Adams Fiber/Blessing Health System DOGWOOD PARADE

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Dogwood weekend is May 6-7, and the theme for this year’s Adams Fiber/Blessing Health System Dogwood Parade is “Community Connections.”  Parade participants are encouraged to use the theme to show how their businesses and organizations are connected to their clients/members, connected to Quincy, and connected to the world.

Annual Dogwood events include the Little King and Queen pageant (click here for the registration form), Dogwood Dance, and entertainment in Washington Park. For food vendor space and miscellaneous entertainment in the park, contact Theresa Godman at (217) 223-4186. For craft and art vendor space (click here for the registration form), call Bill Wolters at 223-1563 or Gale Hill at 224-5862.

***Dogwood 2017 Schedule: 

Thursday, May 4

Friday, May 5

  • 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Concert in the Plaza, First Mid-Illinois Bank Plaza next to St. Boniface Church

Saturday, May 6

  • 7:00 a.m. – noon, Quincy Farmer’s Market opens, Washington Park
  • 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Charitable street for the Madonna House, 18th & State and 24th & Harrison
  • 8:30 a.m., Breakfast on the Lawn, First Christian Church, 1415 Maine
  • 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Amusement Rides, food, crafts in Washington Park
  • 9:30 a.m. Parade, 24th and Maine, proceeds west to 6th St. Please bring a canned food item for the “Operation Serve” collection for local pantries.
  • 12:00-3:00 p.m., Entertainment downtown
  • Noon-4:00 p.m., Live acoustic concert inside Washington Theater, 425 Hampshire
  • 6:00 p.m., Dogwood Dance sponsored by the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA), at The Elks Club, 311 N 2nd Street. A buffet-style dinner will be served at 6:00. Dancing starts at 7:00 with music by Raised on Radio. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased in advance from any member or at the Chamber Office.

Sunday, May 7

  • Noon-4:00 p.m., Amusement Rides, food, crafts in Washington Park
  • 1:00-3:00 p.m., Entertainment downtown
  • 1:00-4:00 p.m. Log Cabins Open House, Quinsippi Island
  • 1:00-5:00 p.m. Quincy Preserves Spring Home Tour


History of the Dogwood Festival

The Pink Dogwood was adopted as the city tree of Quincy in 1935 by the Quincy Garden Club.  The president of the club at that time was Mrs. Ward Best.  Periodically since then, the club has planted dogwood trees on public and private grounds as memorials to past presidents and other honored members.”  Source:  Illinois Room Vertical file, Garden Club.

Quincy is the one of the northern-most communities in the nation where Dogwoods can be grown. Following an effort by a local service club in conjunction with the Garden Club, the city boasted of a good number of the beautiful trees and was featured in an article in “Flower and Garden” magazine. Mary Lou Kent, who worked at the Chamber at that time, decided the Chamber should organize a Dogwood Festival to promote Quincy and tourism in the city when those trees were in full bloom. The first Dogwood Festival was in 1969. Mary Lou Kent went on to become a state legislator.

The event is always held the weekend prior to Mother’s Day in May.