Galena’s Dog­wood Fes­ti­val is May 19

Kent County News - - SOCIAL SCENE - By LEANN SCHENKE lschenke@thekent­coun­tynews.com

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.

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