Adams Fiber/Blessing Health System DOGWOOD PARADE


The Dogwood Festival is May 4-7, 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.

New events include family-friendly block parties at St. James Lutheran Church and The Good Samaritan Home, both on Friday night; and the Human Foosball Tournament put on by the Mid-American Military Salute on Saturday. Other events include the Little King and Queen pageant (click here for the registration form), ABWA Dogwood Dance,  Quincy Preserves’ Spring Home Tour, and the Renovation Concert Series at Washington Theater. 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. Zeke Cernea is performing. You’re welcome to bring a lunch or purchase lunch from The Butcher Block food truck.
  • 5:00 -7:00 p.m., Block Party, The Good Samaritan Home, 24th & Harrison. They will be grilling up some hamburgers and hot dogs, and side dishes will be available. The Dixie Dads will be performing at the event and there will be plenty of games for the kids. You’re welcome to bring your lawn chairs.
  • 6:00- 9:00 p.m., Block Party, St. James Lutheran Church, enter at 16th and Madison. Free food and drinks, bounce house, games, and live music by Esther Moore. For more information, call the church office at (217) 222-8447.

Saturday, May 6

  • 7:00 a.m.–noon, Quincy Farmer’s Market opens, Adams County Health Department, 330 Vermont
  • 8:00-11:30 a.m., Quincy Museum Dogwood Yard and Bake Sale, 1601 Maine St. Guests waiting along the parade route on Maine Street can shop for good, clean used items donated by the generous members of the Quincy Museum and purchase delicious home-baked goods. Items already donated for sale include household goods, brand new wood flooring, craft items, toys, books and lots of other goodies. The Bake Sale will feature home-made items baked by the famous bakers at the Quincy Museum. Hot or cold beverages will also be available, depending on the weather. All proceeds benefit the programming of the Quincy Museum.
  • 8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., Charitable street donation 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. Events include the Mid-America Military Salute’s Human Foosball Tournament, performances by Vancil Performing Arts Center, a booth from Pet Supplies Plus, and more.
  • 9:30 a.m., Parade, 24th and Maine, proceeds west to 6th St.
  • Noon-3:00 p.m., Entertainment downtown
  • Noon-5:00 p.m., Renovation Concert Series, Washington Theater, 425 Hampshire.
    Live performances scheduled:
    Beau Becraft: Noon–1:00 p.m.
    Kayla Obert: 1:00–2:00 p.m.
    Jackie Kaufman: 2:00–3:00 p.m.
    Liz Bentley: 
    3:00–4:00 p.m.
    Avenue Beat: 4:00–5:00 p.m.
    Cost is a suggested donation of $2 for the entire afternoon of music. Soda from Refreshment Services Pepsi and popcorn will be for sale. Upon admission, tours will be given by knowledgeable Washington Theater Commissioners. Music will be appropriate for all ages. ALL sales and donations will go towards the continued fundraising efforts of the Washington Theater Redevelopment Commission. The Theater will have some chairs available but patrons are allowed to also bring their own. No alcohol allowed within the Theater. 
    For more information, click here or contact Washington Theater Board Chair Adam Duesterhaus at 217-430-8382.
  • 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.
  • 8:00-9:30 p.m., Dark River Derby Coalition season opener, Scotties Fun Spot, 8000 Broadway. The Dark River Derby Coalition plays against the COMO Derby Dames from Columbia, MO. Family friendly atmosphere. Admission is $10 at the door, kids 12 and under get in free, and they’re welcome to stay after for photos and autographs. For more information, click here.

Sunday, May 7

  • Noon-4:00 p.m., Amusement Rides, food, crafts in Washington Park.
  • Noon-5:00 p.m., Madonna House fundraiser at Down on the Corner (DOTC) Hog Roast, 2449 Illinois Highway 96, Ursa      Madonna House Fundraiser details:
    Noon-5:00 p.m., pork sandwiches served
    2:00-3:00 p.m., Trixx performs
    3:00-4:00 p.m., Live Auction
    4:00-5:00 p.m., Trixx performs
  • 1:00-4:00 p.m., Log Cabins Open House, Quinsippi Island. New this year will be a tent painted like a log cabin.  Visitors will enter the 10 x 20 tent where Jane and Paul Moody, retired teachers, will talk about education in an 1800’s log cabin school. There will be educational artifacts, hand-outs, and craft items to make.  The tent was painted by Mike Goodwin with the support of Quincy Home Depot and their vendors. The tent will help create the feel of a log cabin school.
  • 1:00-5:00 p.m., Quincy Preserves Spring Home Tour. The architecture of the Spring Tour will span the time frame from the inception of Quincy’s history at the John Wood Mansion to the mid-century modernistic John Benya homes; along with all the different eras in between. Not only will residential architecture be on display, but the old Emerson School (now apartments) will be opened to tour participants. The homes include 2328 Hawthorne Hill Road West, 1850 Jersey Street, and 1310 Washington Street. Advanced tickets are $12 and can be purchased by clicking here. For more details, click here.


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.