The annual Dogwood Festival is celebrating its golden anniversary this year with the theme “Party Like It’s 1969: Celebrating 50 Years of Dogwood.” Events between May 2 and 5 include the Blessing Health System/GatesAir Dogwood Parade, Lincoln in the District, a Tom Petty tribute band, and more. To register for the parade, click here. Cost is $75 for business entries and $35 for nonprofit entries. Parade participants are encouraged to use the theme in their floats. Three prizes will be given out for the most creative use of the theme: The Mary Lou Kent Theme Award is for the float with the best use of the parade theme. The Governor’s Award goes to a float that’s larger than 10 feet in length and uses the theme, and the Mayor’s Award goes to a float that’s 10 feet in length or shorter and uses the theme. For official parade rules, click here.
The Little King and Queen of Dogwood Pageant will be on Thursday, May 2, at Quincy Mall. To enter your child(ren), click here for the registration form and rules.
New this year: The Chamber will sell commemorative T-shirts highlighting the theme of the Dogwood Parade. T-shirts are in adult and youth sizes, and can be ordered by clicking here. T-shirts need to be ordered by April 12.
Quincy is 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.
Below is the schedule for the 2019 Dogwood Festival, and it is subject to change. Visit this website for continuous updates.
Thursday, May 2
• 7:00 p.m., Little King and Queen of Dogwood Pageant, Quincy Mall Center Court
Friday, May 3
• Noon – 1:15 p.m., Concert in the Plaza, First Mid-Illinois Bank Plaza next to St. Boniface Church
• 6:00 p.m., Ribbon Cutting to kick off Dogwood, St. James Lutheran Church, 900 S. 17th St.
• 6:00 p.m. – TBA, St. James Lutheran Church Third Annual Block Party.
Saturday, May 4
• 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Quincy Farmer’s Market opens
• 8:30 a.m., Breakfast on the Lawn, First Christian Church, 1415 Maine
• 9:20 a.m. Blessing Health System/GatesAir Dogwood Parade, 24th and Maine, proceeds west to 6th St.
• 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Lincoln in the District, Washington Park.
• 7:00 – 10:00 p.m., Free Fallin – Tom Petty Tribute Concert, Morrison Theater, 100 S. 14th St. Proceeds from the concert will go toward the renovation of the Washington Theater. For more information, visit http://www.quincywashingtontheater.org/
• 11:00 p.m., Amateur Night, The Cab – Quincy, 124 N. 5th St. Open to any performer who wants to entertain a crowd. Must be 21 or older. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/thecabquincy
Sunday, May 5
• Noon – 4:00 p.m., Log Cabins Open House, Quinsippi Island.