South Carolina has a lot of small towns that you have probably never heard of. For most of these towns their one claim to fame is their annual festivals. In Denmark, South Carolina we celebrate the Dogwood Festival every spring. The Dogwood Festival started in 1985.
The Dogwood Tree
What is a dogwood, you say? The dogwood is a tree or shrub that grows every spring and yields hard timber. But in Denmark we celebrate this tree for its pink and white blossoms that bloom every April. The dogwood’s height can be anywhere
from 15 to 20 feet when grown in the sun, but as high as 40 feet when grown in the shade.
The Cherokee believed that tiny people lived in the dogwood trees for the sole purpose to teach the Cherokee people how to live in peace. Denmark appreciates the beauty the trees bring to our town.
To celebrate the blossoming of the dogwood trees, during the first week of April, the town of Denmark has a festival. You always know when the festival is getting close when the spray painted images of dogwood blossoms pop up almost overnight on the town’s main street. It is a family-oriented event in downtown Denmark. It is a two-day event with such features as
- a prayer brunch
- a parade
- live entertainment
- games and contests
On Friday the Dogwood Festival starts and it continues on Saturday with a parade. The parade is followed by food booths, rides for children and entertainment at the city center.
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