Charleston's Chance to Shine!

Apr 14, 2015

There is no doubt Americans sometimes long for a simpler time.

Almost everyone longs to go back to Mayberry, where spring evenings are spent on a front porch amidst the symphonic aroma of flowering trees and the sweet promise of summer. Almost everyone wants to walk through a friendly neighborhood where children are out hunting fireflies at dusk.

It is that longing for Americana and simplicity that keeps people coming back year after year to Charleston, MO and its annual Dogwood and Azalea Festival, this year April 16-19.

As a matter of fact, this year’s theme is “Take a Step Back in Time.”

Karen Teeters, Executive Director of the Charleston Chamber of Commerce and Tourism says that about 30,000 people are expected to attend this year’s event, thirsty to see the blossoms that line the streets, and to take part in a schedule of events designed to promote community, fun, and family.

Not only will there be a six-mile long Dogwood-Azalea Trail, with nature at her peak with color and vibrancy, but there are also races, pageants, a carnival, and many more activities that will focus on Charleston’s friendly, small town atmosphere, and its heritage.

“This is Charleston’s chance to shine,” smiled Teeters. “We love sharing our community with our visitors.”

Among the event favorites will also be home tours, an old-time encampment, a candlelight tour, plant sales, an arts and crafts bazaar, a parade, an old-fashioned ice cream social, an art show, piano concerts featuring 16 pianists, and carriage rides. Tours are available by bus, as well as walking tours.

Teeters is extremely proud of Charleston’s festival, which has been ranked as one of the best flowering festivals in America.

“Every year we get rave reviews, and every year it just keeps getting better!” concluded Teeters.
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