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PERRY COUNTY - Perry County's annual rite of spring returns for a 48th time Saturday and Sunday with adventurous stops across the county. The festival began in 1962 as a way to encourage residents to visit small towns and enjoy the county's greening woods.
The Cannelton Foundation will host Cannelton's Dogwood Festival Saturday at the Perry County Museum and on Taylor Street between the blocks of Seventh and Eighth streets. Activities begin at 9 a.m. and continue through the afternoon.
Cannelton's Dogwood Festival activities will be centered around the museum, which will be open for tours. Several craft and food vendors will be set up outside.
Discarded Barbie, a local band, will play from noon to 1 p.m. Band members, Sam Snyder, Andrew Estes, Chris Greathouse and Wes Cautner invite the community to attend and listen to their alternative rock 'n' roll sound.
The Cannelton Foundation will host a one-day letterboxing event in the city. For information, contact Christal Moskos at 547-4669. Letterboxing information can be found on the group's Web site, www.Cannelton.org.
Anyone interested in outdoor booth space should contact Brandi Hess at 549-5954. Booth fees are $10 each.
An all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast will be sponsored by the Perry County Council on Aging. Serving runs from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the center, located at 200 North Fifth St. in Cannelton. Cost is $5 per person.
St. John's United Church of Christ spring bazaar is planned for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Activities include a bake sale, silent auction and arts and crafts.
The Southern Indiana Draft Horse and Mule Club will demonstrate old-time plowing and disking with horses one mile north of the courthouse Saturday and Sunday, weather permitting.
Other Rome Dogwood Festival events will take place Sunday at the old courthouse. Fried-chicken dinners will be sold and include chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, bread, slaw, homemade dessert and tea or lemonade. Live music will be provided from noon to 3 p.m. by Damaged Goods.
A concession stand selling hamburgers, cheeseburgers, barbeque and sodas and a country store with pies, cakes, bread, cookies and canned goods will also be available. Free sassafras tea will be passed out.
On Sunday, there will be activities at St. Pius Catholic Church in Troy, including dinners and a quilt raffle. Serving of chicken-and-dumpling dinners begins at 11, with homemade desserts, peaches, and other treats. There will be a quilt show in the church beginning around 11:15.
Masonic Lodge Car Show
Tell City Masonic Lodge will again host a Sunday car show and cruise on Main and Mozart streets in Tell City. Awards will be given to top entries and Boy Scout Troop 191 will serve food. Hours are 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Leopold Park will hum with activity Sunday with chicken and pork-chop dinners, live music, line dancing and a flea market. Serving begins at 10 a.m.
In addition to the Perry County Museum, which will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, the Tell City Historical Society Museum will be open Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information on this year's Dogwood Tour, call the Perry County Convention and Visitors Bureau at 547-7933. Dogwood brochures listing activities and participating business can be found at area businesses.