Dogwood blossoms near their peak as county prepares for weekend spring tour

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Tour stops include Troy, Rome, Tell City and Leopold


PERRY COUNTY – Courtesy of an on-again, off-again spring, Perry County’s dogwoods are blossoming just in time for this weekend’s Dogwood Tour.

Activities in several communities will mark the 52nd annual celebration of spring Saturday and Sunday. Forecasters as of press time were calling for a mix of sun and clouds with temperatures in the 70s and low 80s over the weekend.

Weekend events in Troy will include a Sunday chicken-and-dumpling dinner, bake sale and quilt raffle at St. Pius Church in Troy. Serving will begin at 11 a.m. The Rev. Eugene Weidman, then pastor of St. Pius Church in Troy, kicked off the first Dogwood Tour in 1962 to promote community spirit and tourism.

Carryout dinners will also be available for purchase. For more information on St. Pius events, contact Jean Krutz at 719-8318.


On Sunday, chicken and pork-chop dinners will be served in Leopold Memorial Park. Serving will begin at 10 a.m. with a flea market and live entertainment under the park’s gazebo.

The Rome Dogwood Festival will begin at 11 a.m. Sunday at the old courthouse in Rome. Dinners of fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, bread, slaw, a homemade dessert and tea or lemonade will be available. A concession stand will also serve hamburgers, cheeseburgers, barbecue and sodas.
The country store will have pies, cakes, bread, cookies and canned goods for sale.

The SweetWater Band will perform from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Free sassafras tea will be offered and there will be wagon rides by Jim Krutz.

For more information, call 836-2544, 836-2530 or 549-5503.

If weather allows for fieldwork, the Southern Indiana Draft Horse and Mule Club will demonstrate old-fashioned farming demonstrations Saturday and Sunday just outside of Rome. Guests can watch horses and mules plow and disc a field.

Pioneer Village
On Saturday and Sunday, the Shubael Little Pioneer Village near Rocky Point will be open for tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Village interpreters will be on hand as long as guests want to stay. There will be tours of cabins and the Millstone School, which is being restored on the village grounds after being relocated there last year. Watch for signs on Indiana 66.

Tell City Historical Society Dogwood Exhibit
During the Dogwood Tour Saturday, the Tell City Historical Society will host a display of early uniforms from the War of 1812 and period dresses worn by women of the early 1800s. It will be presented by Dave and Frances McBeth and Ron and Earlene Bower from Harrison County.

Also on display will be the equipment a soldier and the militia would have used during the War of 1812. Hours at the museum will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.