Galena’s Dogwood Festival is May 19
GALENA — The Dogwood Festival has come full circle.
With the first festival held May 19, 1984 and hosted by the Galena Volunteer Fire Company, this year’s event will be held again by the fire company and on the same day.
Councilman and member of the fire company Jack Duhamell said the festival has always been a celebration of Galena.
He said the festival was hosted by the fire company for several years before people lost interest. It was started up again a few years ago by the town.
This year, the town council has given the reins back to the fire company to organize it.
“It’s going to be a big parade with vendors and lots of food,” Duhamell said.
Duhamell said attendees can expect much of the same from previous festivals, with the bulk being held at the Galean firehouse. And, of course, plenty of Galena pride.
The festival will kick off at 8 a.m. with the Dogwood Dart 5K to begin at Turner’s Unlimited on Jim Davis Road outside of Galena. Proceeds will benefit the Galena Elementary School’s PTA. For more information, go to gales. kent.k12.md.us.
Race day registration will be held at 7 a.m. Packet pick-up for pre-registered runners will begin at 7:15 a.m. The first 100 participants to pre-register will receive a t-shirt.
Then, the parade will begin at 11 a.m. The line-up will be held at Toll Park and the parade itself will run down N. Main Street, turn down E. Cross Street and end at the firehouse.
Duhamell said he expects state Route 213 and 290 around town to closed at about 10:50 a.m.
He said to enter the parade, participants only need to be at Toll Park before the start.
“Just show up and you’re in the parade,” Duhamell said.
Joe Woodall will be the grand marshal. Duhamell said while Woodall is not the oldest member of the fire company, he has the longest tenure of about 65 years.
Following the parade, the firehouse will be bustling with 40 vendors selling a variety of crafts, artworks and goods.
Duhamell said visitors also can expect a variety of festival food including burgers, fries, hotdogs and more.
He said the fire company will be serving up wings, chicken tenders, shrimp and Italian sandwiches. There also will be funnel cakes, beer and sodas.
Following the parade, there will be a beautiful baby contest at 1 p.m. and a cornhole tournament at 3 p.m.
Additionally, there will be a town-wide yard sale the day of Dogwood Festival from 8 a.m. to noon. Residents can rent a table at town hall to sell their items if they do not want to use their own lawns.
Duhamell said the festival’s proceeds will benefit the fire company. He thanked Dave Shaw, Lisa Shaw, Alison Bird, Matt Byrant and Ethel Duhamell for helping to organize the event.
Kent County 4-H members toss candy and wave as their float rumbles down Main Street during the annual Dogwood Festival parade. This year’s festival is May 19.
The first vehicles of the Galena Volunteer Fire Company make their way down Galena’s Main Street during the town’s annual Dogwood Festival parade. This year’s festival is being hosted by the fire company.