2012 Dogwood Festival is in full bloom

Don't let the early spring dogwood blooms that have come and gone fool you. Quincy is still gearing up for a jam packed weekend of events and fun during the 2012 Dogwood Festival.

The four day festival begins on Thursday, May 3rd and ends Sunday May, 6th.

Many of the events may sound familiar, such as the Little King and Queen of Dogwood Pageant on Thursday and the parade on Saturday, but this year there are many new events as well.

Three separate musical events shake up the festival with the We Cry Out Concert on Thursday, the Local Q Music Fest on Saturday and the Right to Life Concert on Sunday.

The Quincy Community Theater's production of Enchanted April will also be playing throughout the weekend. And for those that live on the wild side, Mixed Martial Arts will be held on Saturday night at the Oakley Lindsey Center.

Quincy Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Amy Looten said the Dogwood Festival is a great way to "kick off summer." "It is a wonderful community celebration," Looten said. "It makes Quincy a destination place for people in the surrounding area to come for the weekend."

This year the theme of the Dogwood Parade is "Preserving the American Dream."

One of the 140 entries in the parade has come up with an inventive way to give back to the community. A group of young people called Operation Serve are having a canned food drive right down the middle of the parade. All parade spectators are encouraged to bring a canned food item with them to the parade and they will collect it as they make their way from 24th and Maine Street to 6th and Main Street. All donations collected during the parade will go to local food banks.

Click here for a complete list of the 2012 Dogwood Festival events.

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