67th Annual Vinton Dogwood Festival Ready to Bloom

VINTON, Va. (WFXR) – It’s time to celebrate spring and enjoy four days of fun with friends and family as Blue Ridge Virginia’s oldest festival returns to Vinton on Thursday!

The 67th Annual Vinton Dogwood Festival is back in full bloom this year – for free – from Thursday, April 28 through Sunday, May 1.

According to organizers, the festival features a four-day carnival, the annual parade, more than 90 craft and business vendors, food, games, a trade showcase, a concert, festival entertainment stages, a classic car show, the coronation of the Miss Vinton Dogwood Festival, a free Kids’ Zone and the new Teen Space.

The celebration begins at 6 p.m. Thursday and ends Sunday with carnival crests for all ages, plus games and food, by Cole Shows until 6 p.m.

here is program for the Vinton Dogwood Festival:

  • Cole Shows Carnival will run all four days of the festival with free admission and $2 on-site parking at Billy Byrd Field
    • Thursday April 28 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
      • There will be a special for Thursday where you can pay one price and ride unlimited, but you must buy the wristband at 17 o’clock
    • Friday April 29 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
    • Saturday April 30 from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
    • Sunday May 1 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Friday April 29:
    • The Pizazz Band will play soul, funk, beach country and rock from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. for the festival concert on the Vinton Farmers Market Stage. There will be a $5 cover charge, as well as a beverage garden and food truck. You will need to bring your own seat, but pets are not allowed.
  • Saturday April 30:
    • “Dogwood Saturday” will take place in downtown Vinton from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a craft fair with more than 60 vendors; commercial showcase with more than 30 suppliers; the vintage car show; two entertainment scenes; many free activities for children and teenagers; and more.
      • The Roanoke Valley Region AACA Antique Car will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Thrasher Memorial Church parking lot, with registration beginning at 9 a.m. and judging at 1 p.m. To apply, click here.
      • The dozens of Business Showcase vendors and festival food vendors – selling barbecue, nachos, fries, hot dogs, catfish, funnel cakes, candy apples and cotton candy dad – will be along Lee Avenue from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
      • The Vinton History Museum will have history exhibits, free books and a giveaway niche from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
      • Here is the schedule of activities for the Vinton Farmers’ Market stage and parking lot:
        • William Byrd High School Jazz Band at 10 a.m.
        • Tim Martin and Brian Wheeling at 11 a.m.
        • The McFlys 80’s and 90’s group at noon and from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
        • Defy Gravity Cheer Team at 1 p.m.
        • Kids’ Zone from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with large inflatable games, petting zoo, crafts, games and prizes
      • Here is the schedule of activities for the Vinton Baptist Church Parking Lot Stage:
        • Craft fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
        • Mason Creek Bluegrass Band from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
      • Here is the schedule of activities for the area around the Vinton Municipal Building:
        • Teen area from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with climbing wall, “Escape Room”, play stations, and other activities
        • Presentation of the Dogwood Festival Court and the coronation of Miss Dogwood Festival Queen – a deserving pupil of William Byrd High School – at noon before participating in the festival parade
      • The annual Vinton Dogwood Festival Parade will begin at 2:30 p.m. and follow a route from the Vinton War Memorial on Washington Avenue through downtown Vinton to Gus Nicks Boulevard. Community members of all ages can watch the William Byrd High School Band, Virginia Highlands Pipe and Drum Band, Miss Kitty’s Cosmonaut Stilt Walkers, a variety of classic floats, walkers, and vehicles, costumed characters, clowns, and Moreover.

WFXR News is a proud media sponsor of the 67th Annual Vinton Dogwood Festival.

Hazelmarie Anderson of WFXR News stopped by the carnival site Thursday morning to speak with Vinton Dogwood Festival President Beth Abbott and Publicity Chair Mary Beth Layman, as well as Program Director Chastity Barbor community in the town of Vinton.

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