Perry Dogwood Festival

Perry, GA – The Perry Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the winners of the Dogwood Festival 2014 Business Decorating Contest!  The Chamber received applications from businesses throughout Perry for the contest which was free for them to enter.  Chamber President & CEO Stacy Campbell was thrilled with the participation throughout the city.  She explains “This is a fantastic way for the local businesses to get into the spirit of the event for little to no money.  Although they might not have a booth during the festival or be able to sponsor the event, decorating your storefront or having your employees wear yellow during the weeks leading up to the festival is just as fun.”  A panel of 26 individuals representing diverse backgrounds judged the contest applications.  There was a first, second, and third place winner chosen who all received a prize package which included tickets to the festival’s Hot Air Balloon Rally, t-shirts, an official art print, and commemorative bag. 

The winners are:

1st Place Ashley Marie’s Boutique



2nd Place The Perfect Pear



3rd Place Anytime Fitness



We appreciate all the businesses who participated in the contest and showed off their Dogwood Festival pride!  Join us in Downtown Perry this Saturday and Sunday for the Arts & Crafts Show and DockDog Competition and at the Georgia National Fairgrounds Saturday for the Hot Air Balloon Rally featuring the Swingin’ Medallions!  For more information visit

top20EventsPerry, Ga – The Perry Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the 26th Annual Dogwood Festival has been named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society.  Each year the best events across the Southeast compete to receive the prestigious Top 20 Events designation.  The Top 20 Events publication is sent to over 1,600 newspapers, magazines, radio stations, TV stations, AAA publications and others.  The award designation grants the Dogwood Festival national promotional opportunities for direct marketing to potential visitors as well as vendor recruitment which aids organizers in placing unique, one-of-a-kind pieces of merchandise in the event.

Coming April 11 through 13 in beautiful, historic Perry, Georgia, the Dogwood Festival offers a two day Arts and Crafts Show, an Official DockDog Competition, and a Hot Air Balloon Rally!  The Downtown Arts and Crafts and DockDog Competition are both free for everyone and offer fabulous entertainment on the streets of Downtown Perry both Saturday and Sunday April 12th and 13th.  The Hot Air Balloon Rally takes place on the campus of the Georgia National Fairgrounds with a magnificent display of 15 Hot Air Balloons offering tethered rides and a glow at dusk on Saturday, April 12th.


downtownartPerry, GA-The Perry Area Chamber of Commerce held a press conference Tuesday morning to unveil a flurry of plans for the upcoming 25th Anniversary of the Dogwood Festival scheduled for April 13th and 14th.  Details included a Dogwood Tree Planting Project, the addition of a DockDog Competition during the two day Arts and Crafts Show in Downtown Perry, a Hot Air Balloon Rally at the Georgia National Fairgrounds, and ten sanctioned events being produced during the two day festival. Chamber officials also unveiled the Official Art for the 25th Annual Dogwood Festival as well as a new logo and website design.
2012 Perry Chamber Chairman Rob Brooks opened the gathering with information regarding the Dogwood Tree Planting project stating “An anniversary festival is the perfect time to reflect on the history of the event and also provide ways to strengthen the future. This belief is what led the Perry Area Chamber of Commerce to partner with private individuals who are invested in the community and the City of Perry to collaborate in the planting of 25 Cherokee Princess Dogwood Trees in key points around Downtown Perry.”  The trees were planted in Rotary Park, in front of the entrance into Downtown Perry on General Courtney Hodges Blvd, and surrounding the newly renovated Perry Arts Center.  Chairman Brooks thanked the individuals who personally donated to the project including State Senator Ross Tolleson, State Representative Larry O’Neal, State Representative Robert Dickey, State Representative Buddy Hardin, Former State Representative Larry Walker, and Perry resident David Walker.  He stated “Without these individuals’ personal investment and the City of Perry providing the planting and ongoing maintenance this project would not have been possible.”
Other items covered included the unveiling of the 25th Anniversary Dogwood Festival Official Art.  Festival Co-Founder Kathy O’Neal introduced Perry resident Gloria Ragland who presented her commissioned piece to the Perry Chamber of Commerce.  The artwork will be used in a variety of ways including on festival t-shirts and art prints which will be sold during the April events.


The festival scheduled April 13th and 14th is celebrating its 25th birthday as an annual springtime event in Perry. Festival officials are kicking off the 6 week period before the event by encouraging everyone to decorate their business’s and get in the spirit. “We want to see as much yellow as possible in Downtown, on Sam Nunn, Main Street, and down Courtney Hodges” President and CEO Stacy Campbell explains. “It is a wonderful way the business community can jump on board with the Dogwood Festival at no cost!” stated Campbell.
There is no fee to be entered into the competition. Business’s need to fill out the application and take photos of their decorated businesses before the March 15th deadline. The entries will be judged by the Chamber’s Special Events Committee and the winner will be announced April 1st. The prize package includes Dogwood Festival merchandise and tickets to the Hot Air Balloon Rally on April 13th.

Click here to download the application in PDF format.

top20EventsThe Southeast Tourism Society has named the Perry Area Chamber of Commerce’s 25th Annual Dogwood Festival a Top 20 Event in the Southeast for the Month of April 2013.  The Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Events publication receives extensive exposure in print media, web, television, and radio in the U.S. and Canada.  Over 1,600 newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations, AAA’s and others receive listings.  The Top 20 Events are listed on the STC website and the consumer website  The Top 20 Events pages are consistently among the most visited pages on the STS sites. 

The 25th Annual Dogwood Festival is scheduled for April 13th and 14th and will feature a two day Arts and Crafts show in Downtown Perry along with a Hot Air Balloon Rally at the Georgia National Fairgrounds.  The Perry Area Chamber of Commerce will unveil the new Dogwood Festival website and begin taking vendor applications in December.  For more information about the Perry Area Chamber of Commerce or the 25th Annual Dogwood Festival please visit or call 478-987-1234.

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