Spring has arrived bringing warm temperatures and beautiful flower blooms. With these delights, the Azalea Dogwood Committee anxiously begins preparation for the 49th Azalea Dogwood Festival scheduled Sunday, March 24th. This annual pilgrimage through some of Dothan’s heaviest azalea and dogwood-populated areas is held each year on the Sunday when the blooms are at their peak.
The 2013 Azalea Dogwood Queen, Princess and Maid of Honor, will join Dothan’s Mayor Mike Schmitz in the ribbon cutting ceremony beginning at 2:00 p.m. on the corner of Woodland and Main Street. The Trail draws hundreds of visitors from across the Southeast to view the beauty of spring in Dothan.
Following the ribbon cutting, the Queen and her court will lead the entourage of cars atop their Corvettes provided by the Circle City Corvette Club. Over 40 lovely young ladies dressed in antebellum gowns will grace the lawns of the seven-mile winding trail. The Queen and her court will greet visitors at the trail’s end point – the home of Brent and Elizabeth Cook located at 115 Girard Avenue.
“Sunday in the Park”, a highlight of the day’s activities, will take place at Solomon Park from 2:00- 4:30 p.m. A variety of Carousel Music Karaoke, a Drum Circle for the public to enjoy learning to play hand drums in a fun setting, children’s games, face painting, and free drinks and peanuts will end a festive touch to the afternoon. Solomon Park is located on Choctaw Street inside the traffic circle.
The Azalea Dogwood Festival is sponsored annually by the City of Dothan and the National Peanut Festival.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS FOR SUNDAY IN THE PARK (SOLOMON PARK)
The Department of Leisure Services would like to invite the entire family to spend a funfilled afternoon at the Annual Sunday in the Park in celebration of the 2013 Azalea-Dogwood Festival. After your drive thorough the beautiful Azalea Dogwood Trail, stop by Solomon Park. We will be featuring Carousel Music Karaoke, with Maurice Ward spinning your favorite tunes for you to impress your family with your great vocals. We will feature a Drum Circle for you to enjoy learning to play hand drums in a fun setting. We also will have children’s games, face painting, free drinks and peanuts! Pack a sack lunch, or plan a cookout. Be sure to bring your favorite lounge chair. Request your favorite song and sing along with the Karaoke singers.
The festivities will be held at Solomon Park on Sunday, March 24th, from 2- 4:30p.m.
2:00 - 4:30 Carousel Music Karaoke- Maurice hosts a karaoke open mike with all of your favorite songs.
2:35 - 3:00 Dothan Leisure Services Drum Circle - a chance to play along and have fun in a facilitated demonstration of hand drumming. Drums supplied, just bring your hands and enthusiasm.
2:00 - 4:30 Face Painting
2:30 - 4:30 Children’s Games
• Peanuts provided by Alabama Peanut Farmers Association, drinks by Buffalo Rock.
• Volunteering with the day’s events will be the Department of Leisure Services Rose Hill Senior Adults.