Dogwood Festival 2021: The Revival - Saturday, April 24th, 2021
The Shelby County Education Foundation wants to revive this event for many reasons. First, this is a way to celebrate the community. Second, the Dogwood Festival highlights the arts and education in our community. Third, we hope to raise money for scholarships for minority students who plan to teach and to give teachers grants to increase learning opportunities for students. Finally, the festival will help to revive the planting of Dogwood trees in Shelby County.
The Ad Hoc Committee for the Dogwood Festival includes:
Cyndi Powell Skellie - firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Watts - email@example.com
Nicki Willey - firstname.lastname@example.org
Ashli Moore - email@example.com
John Rothenburger - firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessica Garrett - email@example.com
Joanna Freels - firstname.lastname@example.org
Click HERE to register to be a VENDOR for the Dogwood Festival.
Click HERE to learn about SPONSORSHIP levels for the Dogwood Festival.
Click HERE to access the SPONSORSHIP FORM for the Dogwood Festival.
Click on the link to attain a hard copy of the DOGWOOD VENDOR REGISTRATION AND FLYER.
Click on the link to attain a hard copy of the Silent Auction Donation Form: Dogwood Silent Auction Donation Form
Items donated to the Silent Auction will be auctioned on April 24th and the money will go to give scholarships to local students who plan to return to Shelby County to teach! We also hope to enrich teacher projects with funding from the Education Foundation soon!
Vendors should visit www.shelbyvillekentucky.com to learn about the Special Events License:
Because we are in the city, Food Vendors should learn about the special Restaurant Tax. Call Shelby County Tourism for more information: 502.633.6388
Check back soon for a list of vendors, sponsors, and entertainers! April 1st is the deadline for registration! We will see you soon!
If it rains, we will move to the Settle's Gym behind 1155 W. Main Street, SCPS Central Office.
Dogwood Festival: Hope Springs Eternal!
(Shelbyville, KY) Shelby County hasn’t had a Dogwood Festival in many years. 2020 was going to be the year of the revival of this beloved tradition. The Shelby County Education Foundation was working to gather arts and crafts vendors, food vendors and to create game stations for the community. They were well on their way!
Then, the Coronavirus shut down schools and businesses and presented a health threat to our community. The Dogwood Festival committee and vendors were heartbroken.
The foundation built for the 2020 revival will carry over to 2021. The committee is continuing to work toward a festival on the front lawn of the Central Office for April of 2021. The Shelby County Education Foundation will revive the festival this year and celebrate Spring, education, and arts and crafts! Come join us!
Dogwood Festival: The History
The Dogwood Festival started in 1973 as a way to celebrate the Dogwoods that had been planted in Shelbyville by Mayor Paul Schmidt between 1938 and 1944. In 1938, he donated dogwood trees to property owners along Main Street and continued to donate trees to Shelbyville’s citizens until 1944, for a total of 2,048 trees. The historical celebration was originally chaired by Ms. George Ann Carpenter, a retired teacher who taught in a two-room schoolhouse at Clark Station, and at the Shelbyville Graded School. In her retirement, she organized the festival, and later exhibited her own work of decorated eggshells and dried pressed flowers. The first exhibitors at the Dogwood Festival were mostly homemakers, but by the late 1970s, artists and craftsmen from around the state showcased their work at the festival.
Originally held in downtown Shelbyville, the festival was rained out in 1976, so it was moved to the Shelby County Fairgrounds the following year. A flea market was also held as part of the festival, in the Village Plaza parking lot. Other activities included puppet shows for the kids, sheep shearing and wool spinning demonstrations, and the Life Singers of Shelbyville gave a concert on the old courthouse steps.
You can still see some of the dogwoods that Mayor Schmidt donated along Main Street today, but sadly, they are reaching the end of their lifespan. The average dogwood only lives approximately 80 years.
The Shelby County Education hopes to revive this event for many reasons. First, this is a way to celebrate the community. Second, the Dogwood Festival highlights the arts and education in our community. Third, we hope to raise money for scholarships for minority students who plan to teach and to give teachers grants to increase learning opportunities for students. Finally, the festival will help to revive the planting of Dogwood trees in Shelby County.