Perry’s Dogwood Festival expands offerings

awoolen@macon.comApril 10, 2013 

The Perry Area Chamber of Commerce Dogwood Festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary with balloons and a play on words.

There will be a hot air balloon rally Saturday, starting at 4 p.m. at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter. There will be tethered balloon rides as well as a balloon glow later that evening.

It’s the first time the festival, to be held Saturday and Sunday, has had a hot air balloon rally.

“We wanted to expand the program,” said Stacy Campbell, president and chief executive officer of the Perry Area Chamber of Commerce.

The 25th anniversary of the Dogwood Festival seemed to be the right time to do more.

Since the event has the word dog in it, the committee also decided to get a sanctioned Dock Dogs competition at the festival. The competition is a jumping and diving aquatic event for dogs.

The winner of the competition, which has about 100 dogs entered, will go to the national event in Las Vegas.

The dog event will be Saturday and Sunday on Main Street across from the New Perry hotel.

“This brings a whole different element,” said Campbell.

As in years past, more than 100 arts and crafts vendors will line the streets of downtown Perry on Carroll and Ball streets. An entertainment stage will feature church groups as well as a ventriloquist and a puppeteer.

Among the other activities, there will also be a Kiwanis Club pancake breakfast Saturday morning, a Rotary Club bass tournament at the Go Fish Georgia Education Center Saturday, a Kids Fishing Derby at Go Fish Sunday and a 5K run.

Trams will run from the fairgrounds Saturday to take festival-goers to the Perry Arts Center for an art show as well as to downtown for the arts and crafts portion. Three trams will run every 10 minutes.

Sunday the trams will run from the Go Fish Center.

“Everyone loves events at the fairgrounds, so the mere fact that it’s there, they will be excited to come out,” said Campbell.

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