Dogwood Festival to celebrate recent Quincy honors

Parker Schinderling, 6, of Quincy accepts a curbside delivery of candy from a parade participant during the 2013 Dogwood Parade. Bailey used his umbrella as a candy bag. Organizers say only thunderstorms will stop the parade this year. (H-W File Photo)
Posted: Apr. 28, 2014 10:23 am Updated: May. 12, 2014 1:15 pm
Herald-Whig Staff Writer

Organizers of the annual Dogwood Festival want to celebrate accolades the city has received over the last year.

"Top of the List" is the theme for this year's festival. It was created in recognition of Quincy being ranked sixth in the list of "The 10 Most Affordable Places in Illinois," its ranking as one of the "50 Cities in America that Boomers Never Want to Leave" and being a finalist in Rand McNally's "Best of the Road" competition for the Most Beautiful Small Town category.

Amy Looten, executive director of the Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce, said the accolades recently continued with the city receiving the Most Progressive City Award through Ameren Illinois' ActOnEnergy program.

"Our community has quite a bit going for it, and the outside world is taking notice, and we certainly like that," she said. "It's not just Quincy. It's the Quincy area."

Looten said the tradition of Dogwood provides comfort for residents.

"It's nice to know that your neighborhood is going to have a party on the Friday night of Dogwood Festival," she said. "It's nice to know that you can see your friends along the parade route and see your friends in Washington Park with their kids enjoying the carnival rides."

The Dogwood continues to feature its community favorites, including the Little King and Queen of Dogwood Pageant at 7 p.m. Thursday at Quincy Mall's Center Court, the carnival from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday in Washington Park, and the neighborhood block parties Friday night.

For the musically inclined, the Quincy High School concert band and orchestra banquet concert will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Blue Devil Gym, and the Quincy Notre Dame High School spring choral concert will be at 7 p.m. Thursday in The Pit. The "Rockin' Around the Dogwoods" dinner dance is set for 6 p.m. Saturday at the Elks Club, and the Concert For Life will be at 7 p.m. Sunday at St. James Lutheran Church.

"There are so many things in our Dogwood weekend that are children and family related," Looten said. "It's nice to have a couple of adult events as well."

The parade starts at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at 24th and Maine and heads west to Sixth Street. Parade watchers are asked to bring a canned food item for the "Operation Serve."

Looten said the parade will be held unless a thunderstorm happens during that time. Early forecasts call for a high in the mid-60s with only a small chance of rain.

"It seems to me in my 12 years at the chamber that it has rained once every weekend, and things just go on and they are wonderful," she said. "When we have a rainy, cool morning, there are still a lot of people watching that parade."



• Quincy High School Concert Band and Orchestra Banquet Concert, 6:30 p.m., Baldwin Gym.

• Little King and Queen of Dogwood Pageant, 7 p.m., Quincy Mall Center Court.
• Quincy Notre Dame High School Spring Choral Concert, 7 p.m., QND Gymnasium.


• Neighborhood block parties, 6 p.m. various locations.

• Bake sale, 8 a.m. Quincy Museum, 1601 Maine Street.
• “Grab and Go” breakfast at Quincy Junior High School, 8-11 a.m., 14th and Maine.
• Breakfast on the Lawn, 8:30 a.m., First Christian Church, 1415 Maine.
• Amusement rides, food, crafts, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., in Washington Park.
• Parade, 9:30 a.m. 24th and Maine, proceeds west to Sixth Street
• Entertainment, noon-3 p.m., Fifth and Hampshire.
• Pet events, vendors and demonstrations, 1-4 p.m.
• AAUW Annual Spring Fundraiser, Patio Party 1-4 p.m., 1680 Maine.
• “Rockin’ Around the Dogwoods” dinner dance, 6 p.m., the Elks Club, 311 N. 2nd. Tickets are $25 and are available at The Elks, Quincy Chamber of Commerce. For information, call 440-5675.

• Amusement rides, food and crafts, noon-4 p.m., Washington Park.
• Entertainment, 1-3 p.m., Fifth and Hampshire.
• Pet events, vendors and demonstrations, 1-4 p.m.
• Quincy Preserves “Behind Closed Doors” home tour, 1-5 p.m. Call 222-3432 for ticket information.
• Architectural and history tour of Quincy Junior High School, 1-4 p.m., 14th and Maine.
• Baccalaureate-Senior Retrospective 2014 Art Show reception, 2-3:30 p.m., Gray Gallery at Quincy University.
• Concert For Life, 7 p.m., St. James Lutheran Church, 900 S. 17th.