The Dogwood Trails Festival takes place Saturday in historic downtown Palestine. This yearâ€™s theme is â€śGet Your Kicks on Loop 256,â€ť a nostalgic â€™50s and â€™60s road trip. Festival highlights will include live music and entertainment, a parade, beer garden, arts & crafts and the Kids Zone.
More than 90 arts, crafts and food vendors will be in downtown Palestine from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thereâ€™s a $1 gate charge, but children younger than 12 are free. All proceeds from the gate go to support local nonprofit organizations.
The Kids Zone will host a variety of games, entertainment and activities for children of all ages. The Family Stage will be located in the Kids Zone and will host Mago Ali the Magician and the band Phat Johnny and the Buicks.
The parade kicks off at 10 a.m. It will start at the Anderson County Courthouse and travel down Avenue A and turn right onto Main Street before ending at Main and Howard Streets. Groups interested in participating in the parade should contact the Palestine Area Chamber of Commerce at 903-729-6066.
The beer garden and festival bands will be in Old Town Palestine in the Hollow. The beer garden opens at 11 a.m. and the bands hit the Saw Dust Stage starting at 1 p.m.; Lauren Alexander will play from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and Phil Pritchett will play from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
â€śThe festival is a great way to kick off the three week-ends of the Dogwood Celebration,â€ť Marc Mitchell, executive director of the Palestine Area Chamber of Commerce, said. â€śWe have great entertainment and activities planned for the whole family.â€ť
New this year is the Doo Wop Cruise at the Anderson County Courthouse Square. Car enthusiasts are encouraged to bring, and show off, their antique cars or hot rods. There will be music from the â€™50â€™s and â€™60â€™s. This event is from 6 to 10 p.m. and is open and free to the public.
For more information on the Dogwood Trails Festival, contact the Palestine Chamber of Commerce at 903-729-6066 or visitwww.texasdogwoodtrails.com .