The Dogwood Festival extends its record as the longest continuously running festival in the Lake of the Ozarks area with its 63rd annual celebration of Missouri's state tree, the Flowering Dogwood.

The Dogwood Festival extends its record as the longest continuously running festival in the Lake of the Ozarks area with its 63rd annual celebration of Missouri's state tree, the Flowering Dogwood.

This April 18-21 festival of fun features food, rides, and entertainment for the entire family. Visitors to the Dogwood Festival can enjoy a carnival, live music, arts, crafts, beauty pageants, a hog roast, a fish fry, a parade, garage sales, a shoebox float contest for kids, a golf tournament, a 5K fun run and much more.

For more information about the Dogwood Festival, call the Camdenton Area Chamber of Commerce at 573-346-2227.

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Dogwood Highlights


A 5K Run/Walk will be held April 29 at the Bob Shore Stadium in Camdenton at 7 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Camden County Child Advocacy Council. Cost is $20 prior to April 5 or $25 after, and includes a T-shirt. Prizes will be awarded for the top finishers. For those wanting to participate without a T-shirt, cost is $3 per person or $10 per family (same household).


The theme for this year's festival is "Get Hooked," so parade entries will be decorated according to the theme. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. The route is mainly along Highway 54 along the Camdenton Square.


The Camden County Historical Society will present a melodrama April 18-20 at the Camden County Museum in Linn Creek. “Only An Orphan Girl” by Henning Nelms will be presented at 7 p.m. each evening following a 5:30 p.m. spaghetti buffet. This play opens the 2013 theater season for the Camden County Historical Society. Season tickets are available.

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

Woodworking Exhibit

Hand-crafted items made by local woodworkers will be on display at the Camden County Museum in Linn Creek. Toys, clocks, lamps, household furnishings, jewel boxes, and other creations will be displayed April 18-April 20. The museum will open at 5:30 p.m. each day for spaghetti dinner followed by a live melodrama performance on the museum stage. Some of the woodworking pieces on display will be available for purchase at intermission of the Saturday evening performance of the melodrama.

Dog Contest

Ladies & Tramps Dog Day Camp will host a Dog Show April 20 at 3 p.m. The contest will be held on the entertainment stage at the Camdenton Middle School parking lot. This is a contest for canines being judged in categories of Waggiest Wagger, Best Personality, Best Barker, Best Looking Mutt, Best Trick, Mugs & Mutt Look A Like, Best Kisser, Best Howler, Best Dog Story (tales about you dog), Dog Wood Dog of the Year. Contestants need to be registered at least 30 minutes before the show begins. All pets must be on a leash and under control. For more information contact Karen Kelly at 573-216-8062.


With more than 21 years of experience, owners Carl and Darcy Jones returns with its usual fun rides and goodies to entice children and adults alike to enjoy the excitement of the carnival.

The carnival will be held on the Camdenton Middle School parking lot April 18-20. 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 noon-10 p.m. on Saturday.

Art & Craft Show

Camdenton DECA, a student-run business organization, is sponsoring the Dogwood Arts and Craft Show at the Camdenton Middle School. The event is inside the Camdenton Middle School Gymnasium. With more than 80 booths and a wide variety of products you will find wood crafts, shaped glass, handmade pens, jewelry, quilts, face painting, leather, scents, candles, stonework, art, and planters. Show hours are April 20 from 5:30-8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Camdenton Middle School.

Pancake Flip

The United Methodist Men’s Group will host the annual Dogwood Festival Pancake Flip at the United Methodist Church. The all-you-can-eat breakfast will be served from 6:30- 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 21. The cost is $6 per adult (11 years old and up), $3 per child ages 5-10 and under 5 eat free. The CUMC Crafters will have items available for sale during the pancake breakfast, and the United Methodist Youth Fellowship will have a “by donation” youth car wash.

Dogwood Classic

As in the previous years, the Pride of the Lake Band Booster Club along with Old Kinderhook will sponsor the annual Dogwood Classic Golf Tournament April 21 with a noon boxed lunch at Old Kinderhook. The four-person scramble tournament starts at 1 p.m. Mulligan’s, $20 per team or $5 per player, will be available for purchase at registration.

To register contact Tyler Becker at 573-434-6150. Forms are also available online at

Get your 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 will be 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 Saturday); Pancake breakfast (Methodist church on Saturday morning); Dinner Theatre (Linn Creek Museum on Thursday and Friday); and Young Eagle Flights (Camdenton Airport, noon on Saturday).

Eagle 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 (EAA) to 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 12-4 p.m. Saturday, April 20 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.

Art Show

The Ozark Brush & Palette Club celebrates its 39th anniversary this year with a special Art Show and Sale at the First National Bank of Camdenton (main branch) during the Dogwood Festival week. The show will open April 15 and be held on the first and second floors of the bank. There is an elevator to the second floor. During the week, visitors may register to win a free painting, donated by members of the club. On Saturday, April 18, artists will be demonstrating their painting techniques.