The lake area's Annual Dogwood Festival will be back in Camdenton this weekend. The festival, set for April 24-26, has options for the whole family. There will be plenty to see and do — from a carnival to craft booths, contests and food.

The lake area's Annual Dogwood Festival will be back in Camdenton this weekend. The festival, set for April 24-26, has options for the whole family.  There will be plenty to see and do — from a carnival to craft booths, contests and food.

Here is a full schedule of events to help residents plan a day of fun.

Schedule of Events
*Denotes free admission
Thursday, April 24
• Fine Art Display, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at First National Bank*
• Senior (65+) King & Queen Dogwood Contest, Noon at Quails Nest Motel, Osage Beach*
• Lake Area Woodworker’s Display, 5:30 at Camden County Museum*
• Carnival, 5-10 p.m. Camdenton Middle School Parking Lot, S. Business Route 5 ($20 Wristband from 5-9 p.m.)

Friday, April 25
• Garage Sale, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. at St. Anthony Church, N. Business Route 5*
• Garage Sale, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 422 Highway 54*
• Fine Art Display, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at First National Bank*
• Lion Club Fish Fry, 4-7 p.m. at Middle School Commons Area
• Shoe Box Float Displays, 5:30 p.m. at Camden Co. Museum*
• Dinner Theater at 5:30 p.m.; Melodrama at 7 p.m. at Camden Co Museum
• Lake Area Woodworker’s Display, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at Camden Co Museum*
• DECA Craft Show, 5:30-8 p.m. at Middle School Gym*
• Food & Craft Booths 5:30-9 p.m. at Middle School, S. Business Route 5*
• Education Foundation Elegant Evening, 6-8:30 p.m. at High School
• Live Entertainment 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Middle School Parking Lot*
• Carnival, 5-10 p.m. at Middle School Parking Lot, S. Business Route 5 ($20 Wrist Band from 5-9 p.m.)

Saturday, April 26
• Pancake Breakfast, 6:30-9:30 a.m., United Methodist Church
• Fine Art Display, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at First National Bank*
• Garage Sale, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Our Saviors Lutheran Church
• Garage Sale, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. at St. Anthony Church, N. Bus. Hwy 5*
• DECA Craft Show, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Middle School Gym*
• Cabin Fever Quilt Show, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Community Christian Church*
• Food and Crafts, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at Middle School Parking Lot*
• Dogwood Festival Parade, 10 a.m. at Downtown Camdenton*
• High School Fine Art Gallery [K-12] 12-3 p.m. at High School*
• Young Eagles Flights, noon-4 p.m. at Camdenton Airport, S. Bus.Hwy 5*
• Dog Contest, 3 p.m. at Middle School Pk. Lot*
• Live Entertainment, 12:30– 6:30 p.m. at Middle School Parking Lot *
• Dinner Theater 5:30 p.m. doors open with melodrama 7 p.m., Camden Co Museum
• Shoe Box Float Displays 5:30 p.m. at Camden Co. Museum*
• Lake Area Woodworker’s Display 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at Camden Co Museum*
• 5K Run/Walk Into Awareness 7:30 p.m. at Bob Shore Stadium
• Carnival, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Museum Play

The Camden County Historical Society will present their annual Melodrama Friday and Saturday, April 25-26, at the Camden County Museum in Linn Creek. “She Was Only Marginally Modest” by Vern Harden will be presented at 7 p.m. each evening following a 5:30 p.m. spaghetti buffet. It is the first play of the 2014 Theater Season. Season tickets are also available at this time.

Tickets for this performance are $15 per person and may be reserved by calling 573-873-5101. Tickets will also be available at the door for the same price.


Woodworkers Showcase

The Lake Area Woodworkers Guild was established in 2007 to provide a forum for lake-area woodworkers to meet and exchange ideas and information about working with wood and to promote the craft of woodworking among students, hobbyists, professionals, and the public.

For the Dogwood Festival they will be selling various types of quilt racks as well as folding Adirondack chairs. These items will be on display along with other items made by guild members at the Camden County Museum during the Dogwood Festival.

Contact Andrew Castle at 573-280-2464 for more information on the Lake Area Woodworkers Guild.


Arts & Craft Show

Camdenton DECA students will be hosting the Dogwood Arts and Craft Show in the Camdenton Middle School Gymnasium. A variety of vendors will be present with a wide range of products. Whether you are looking for handmade jewelry, quilts, candles, artwork, wood crafts, or even trendy items, there will be plenty on display. Hours are Friday, April 25 from 5:30-8 p.m. and Saturday, April 26 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Middle School Gymnasium next to the Dogwood Festival Carnival.


Fish Fry

The Camdenton Lions Club is hosting the annual fish fry serving American catfish with the trimmings of baked beans, cole slaw, cornbread, cake, tea and coffee. Held Friday, April 25 from 4-7 p.m. at the Camdenton Middle School cafeteria. Prices are $9 for adults, $5 for children 4-12 and free for children 3 and under. The proceeds from this fundraiser are used to support the club's many services.

Contact Lion Linda or Jon Martin at 573-346-5872 for information.



Join the United Methodist Men’s Group at the United Methodist Church (340 W. US Highway 54) will host the Dogwood Festival Pancake Breakfast. The “All You Can Eat” breakfast will be served from 6:30-9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 26. The cost is $6 per adult (11 years old and up), $3 per child age 5-10 and under 5 eat free. The CUMC Crafters will have items available for sale and there will be a “by donation” youth car wash during the breakfast.


Dog Contest

Are you a dog lover? Enter your pooch into the Dog Show to be held April 26 at 3 p.m. The contest will be held on the entertainment stage in the Camdenton Middle School Parking Lot. Categories being judged are: Waggiest Wagger, Best Personality, Best Barker, Best Trick, Mugs & Mutt Look A Like, Best Kisser, and Dogwood Dog of the Year. Contestants must be registered at least 30 minutes prior to the show. All pets must be on a leash. Contact Karen at 573-836-0704 for more information.



Jones and Company Kiddieland and Carnival is returning to Camdenton for its 23rd year of entertaining children of all ages during the Dogwood Festival with a carnival. The carnival will be held on the Camdenton Middle School parking lot April 24-26. Wristbands will be sold for $20 for unlimited rides from 5-9 p.m each day. The carnival will be open from 5-10 p.m. Thursday and Friday and from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. on Saturday.


5K Run/Walk

The Camden County Child Advocacy Council is hosting a 5K Run/Walk April 26 at Bob Shore Stadium in Camdenton. Registration starts at 6:30 p.m. with the run beginning at 7:30 p.m. Entry (including T-shirt) is $20 prior to April 5 and $25 after. Entry (without a T-shirt) is $3 per person or $10 per family. For more information, contact Rhonda at 314-873-3531.


Young Eagles Flights

Lake Aviation Center at the Camdenton Memorial Airport will be teaming up with the Lake of The Ozarks Chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association to again bring Young Eagles flights to the Camdenton Airport. This is an opportunity for local kids to experience a ride in a small aircraft free of charge. Weather permitting these flights will take place from noon-4 p.m. Saturday, April 26 after the Dogwood Parade. The airplane ride should last approximately 20 minutes. There will be an opportunity to ask the pilot questions before and after the flight. You may even have the opportunity to assist the pilot in flying the aircraft! There will be an airplane in the greeting area where pre-flight demonstrations will be given.

There is a sign up process and each child accompanied by their guardian will be entered in a log book and also receive an official Young Eagles certificate, signed by your personal pilot and Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and First Officer Jeffrey Skiles.

The EAA Young Eagles program was launched in 1992 to give interested young people, ages 8-17, an opportunity to go flying in a general aviation airplane. These flights are offered free of charge and are made possible through the generosity of EAA member volunteers.


Art Show

The Ozark Brush & Palette Club celebrates its 40th anniversary this year with a special Art Show and Sale to be held at the First National Bank of Camdenton, during the Dogwood Festival week. This year the theme set for the Festival is “Crossroads of the Lake. The Art Show will open Monday, April 21 on the first and second floors of the bank, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and continue through the week, ending Saturday, April 26 at 4 p.m. There is an elevator to the second floor. The First National Bank provides a year-round gallery for the club. During the week, visitors may register to win a free painting, donated by members of the club. Drawings will be held Saturday. Also, on Friday and Saturday, free cookies and coffee will be served at the 2nd floor gallery.

The club meets the first Thursday of each month, (except January & February) at 7 p.m., at the United Methodist Church on West 54 Highway. Interested artists and guests are welcome to attend. For more information call 573-480-0738.


Free Dogwoods

To keep the Dogwood trees in full bloom, the Camdenton Area Chamber of Commerce has purchased 1,300 Dogwood saplings. The trees were purchased from the George O. White State Forest Nursery, Missouri Department of Conservation.

The Dogwood saplings are available for pick-up at various locations: Fine Arts Show (First National Bank); Arts and Crafts Show (Camdenton Middle School); Camdenton Lions Club Fish Fry (Camdenton High School Friday); Pancake breakfast (Methodist church-Saturday morning); Dinner Theatre (Linn Creek Museum-Friday and Saturday); and Young Eagle Flights (Camdenton Airport, noon, Saturday).