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50th Anniversary of the Charleston, Missouri Dogwood-Azalea Festival

Beneath a canopy of pink and white dogwoods entwined with manicured lawns
and flowerbeds of azaleas, jonquils, and knockout roses lies a magical journey
waiting to be discovered each year during the third weekend in April in
Charleston; Charleston, Missouri that is.

 Southeast Missouri’s premier Springtime event, Charleston’s Dogwood-Azalea Festival,

celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year. Recognized in both 2015 and 2016 as one of the top 5

Spring Flower Festivals in the USA by Fodors.com, the small Southeast Missouri
town of approximately 5900 residents welcomes an estimated 35,000 guests
annually with unparalleled southern charm and the warmest hospitality.

The event has garnered other national attention as well, having been voted a top 100
Tour Bus Destination by the American Bus Association, a Midwest Travel
Treasure by AAA, and having been featured in Southern Living and Midwest
Traveler as well as other publications. While dogwoods and azaleas are surely the
stars of the show, there is plenty to see and do during the festival for all ages.
With events ranging from a 5K race to an arts and crafts fair with over 100
vendors, from a quilt show to a fish fry, and carnival to concerts, there are many
activities for visitors all ages to enjoy.


Karen Teeters, Executive Director of Charleston Chamber of Commerce 
Tourism, heads the event and is pleased with some of the new events that are
being added to the festival this year. “We will have free concerts on Friday night,
a balloon release and cupcake give away on Saturday, a new addition to our arts
and crafts area for the weekend of a “Pickers Garden” featuring vendors with
vintage items, a new “Taste of the Festival” food vendor area, and a traveling
medicine show on Sunday.”


The Dogwood-Azalea Festival takes place April 19-22, 2018. Contact the
Charleston Chamber of Commerce and Tourism at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
for more information. The festival website is www.charlestonmo.org/festival

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