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April 25-26 tour offers adventure in several communities

By Vince Luecke

PERRY COUNTY - Perry County's Dogwood Tour returns April 25-26, extending a spring tradition into a 47th year.

The Dogwood Tour originated in 1962 as a way to invite residents to visit other areas of the county, and to view white dogwoods so noticeable in the greening landscape of early spring.

This year's festival returns to many of the towns on the 1962 tour as well as attractions in other communities.

Cannelton

Cannelton Foundation Inc. will sponsor its Dogwood Festival events April 25 at the Perry County Museum in Cannelton. Events include a flea market, dance program by the Covered Wagon, music, games, food and tours of historic buildings and much more. Activities begin at 10 a.m.

For more information contact Barbara Beard at 547-7177 or 547-7816 or Brandi Hess at 836-4329.

Troy

St. Pius Catholic Church in Troy will welcome guests Sunday, April 26, including chicken-and-dumpling dinners, desserts and a quilt raffle. Serving begins at 11 a.m.

Tell City

Tell City Masonic Lodge 623 F&AM will host an April 26 car show and cruise on Main and Mozart streets in Tell City. Registration is from 8 a.m. to noon and judging begins at 11 a.m. Awards will go to the top 30 vehicles. There will also be food and entertainment. For more information call Andy Sommer at 547-8482.

The Kelly Miller Circus will visit Tell City Saturday, April 25, for two big shows at 2 and 5:30 p.m. Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 137 is sponsoring the circus' visit. Advance tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for children 12 and younger and free for children younger than 2. Tickets are available at Circle S locations in Tell City, Tom's Circle S in Cannelton and Michael's Mart on Indiana 37.

They are also available at Shur-Way Pro Towing in Tell City. Tickets at the door are $14 for adults, $7 for children 12 and younger and free for children younger than 2.

For more parade information call Patrolman Micah Jackson at 547-7068.

The Tell City Historical Museum will be open extended hours that weekend.

April 25 hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the museum will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Leopold Park

Leopold Park will hum with activity Sunday, April 26, with chicken and pork-chop dinners, live music and a flea market.

Events in Rome

Rome will host several events during the Dogwood Festival April 25-26. Karaoke is planned Saturday along with concession stands. Fried-chicken dinners will be sold beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday at the old courthouse and Country Breeze will perform.

The Southern Indiana Draft Horse and Mule Club will do old-fashioned farming and provide wagon rides. Booth space is available Saturday and Sunday.  For more information, call 836-2184 or 836-2544.

For more information on this year's Dogwood Tour, call the Perry County Convention and Visitors Bureau at 547-7933.