Horseshoe Bend's annual Dogwood Days festival is almost here. The festivities begin Friday, April 11 and will extend through April 13. There will be events, vendors, booths and performers from all over the area.
Each day of the festival the Strawberry River Art Association art show will be held in the lobby of the Hillhigh Resort with attendants on hand to answer questions from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
Friday and Saturday, Friends of the Horseshoe Bend Library are sponsoring a book and baked goods sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the library.
Events on Friday include the Music in the Mountains' Founders Day Show the evening of April 11 featuring Gene Williams, Katie Lynn, Joe Sanders of the Bald Knobbers show in Branson, Ark. State Rep. J.R. Rogers, some of the original founders of the city and many guest performers. There will be a public meet and greet at the Clubhouse on Turkey Mountain starting at 4 p.m. The show begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Horseshoe Bend Theater. A few tickets are still available at B&B Supply in Franklin at a cost of $7.
Saturday the celebration kicks off again with the Pot Pageant that will be held in the Garden Club Park pavilion at 9:15 a.m. In case of rain the pageant will be moved to the upper deck at the rear of the mall above the Chamber of Commerce.
Later Saturday morning, Jerry Kipper will entertain starting at 10 a.m. followed by Amy Clemmons and Daryl Brown at 11 a.m. and the Alta Street Blues Band will play from noon to 2 p.m. Jubal will take the gazebo stage at 2 p.m., and Kipper returns at 2:30 p.m. with Ryan and Eric Hamm of Cherokee Village, along with several other special guests.
The South Fork River Regulators will perform during mid-day entertainment as well.
Along with music, there will be a silent auction beginning at 9 a.m. in the upper Diamond B Mall.
Other April 12 festivities include a two man scramble at The Golf Course on Turkey Mountain at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start and $10,000 hole-in-one prize.
Later in the day there will be a Youth Golf Tournament for ages 14 and under at the Cedar Glade Golf Course at 2 p.m. It will be an 18-hole par 4.
In other sporting action, there will be a two person team bowling tournament beginning at 10 a.m. at Horseshoe Lanes.
At the airport beginning at 10 a.m. there will be a Young Eagles fly-in. Anyone age 17 and under can enjoy an airplane ride courtesy of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA).
The End of the Train Refuge in Hardy will be visiting the Garden Club Park with two black bear cubs.
Sunday, April 13, The Horseshoe Bend United Methodist Church is having a special worship service honoring former residents and members with singing and choral music. Gary Goldman will bring the morning message at 10:30 a.m.