The 2018 Vinton Dogwood Festival opens with a Carnival Midway on Wednesday, April 26 at the old William Byrd High School ballfield, providing entertainment for kids and adults alike. Cole Shows Amusement Company, Inc. will be returning as the carnival midway supplier for 2017 with FREE gate admission every day (carnival rides, games, concessions vary in price), and even a Pay-One-Price-Ride-All-Night event on Wednesday, April 25th . Best of all, live entertainment is held nightly on the Main Stage. The carnival will run every night between the 25th and the 29th.
Dogwood Saturday, April 28th, features a 5K run/walk, craft, food and retail vendors, 2 entertainment stages, a free Kids' Zone with inflatables, and a petting zoo, the crowning of the Vinton Dogwood queen and much more. The annual Dogwood Festival Parade steps-off at 2:30 p.m. at the Vinton War Memorial, and the Carnival Midway stays open until 11 p.m.
How do I volunteer for the Vinton Dogwood Festival?
The success of the Vinton Dogwood Festival is a direct result of the devoted efforts of many members of our community. Without their dedication, support and participation, producing an event of this enormity would not be possible. The work is done by 50 plus volunteers who work with staff of directors and chairpersons. All officers, members of the Board of Directors and event chairs are volunteers. Contact the Festival Office at 540-983-0614 to determine how you might best serve as a volunteer this year.
How does my company support the Vinton Dogwood Festival?
The Festival is funded by corporate and local sponsorships, ticket sales to many of the events, advertising, souvenir sales and vendor fees. Sponsorships are provided by local, regional and national businesses. Please contact the Festival office at 540-983-0614 to determine how your company might best support this year’s Festival.
What's the parade route?
The parade winds through downtown Vinton and Washington Avenue. A complete parade route can be found on this Web site. View Parade Route
Where can I watch the parade?
If you’re not lucky enough to own a home along the parade route (or know someone who does), there are plenty of other places to watch the parades. One of the best is on Washington Avenue. Many people line the sidewalks of the one mile parade route.
What happens if it rains?
Bring your umbrella just in case. The parade will go on rain or shine. The only time the parade will be cancelled or delayed is if there are threatening thunderstorms with lightning in the area.
How many people attend the Festival?
It’s hard to say for sure, but we estimate up to 20,000 people watch the parade each year.
How many floats and bands are in parade?
Last year, we had more than 75 units in the parade including floats, bands, special units, and official cars.
What streets are closed during the Festival?
Many of the streets along the parade route are closed during the Festival, starting at 6AM. Prior to the parade starting, main streets are closed until the parade is over, usually 1.5 hours. Main streets that are closed during parade time are Washington Avenue, Pollard Street, Maple and Cleveland Avenue.
Where can I park? How do I get around during the Festival?
Due to limited public parking lots in the Downtown Vinton area, most parking takes place along side streets in close proximity of the different events. No parking is allowed in the area of the Vinton War Memorial on Saturday April 28th due to the parade lineup. On the nights of the carnival and entertainment acts, parking is available on-site at the carnival grounds. There is a $2.00 charge to park.
I’d like to enter a float/my band would like to march/I have a great idea for a celebrity for this year’s Parade. How do I participate?
What else can I do while I’m in Vinton?
With Vinton’s close proximity to Roanoke City and Roanoke County, there are many attractions for you to see while here. Visit the Vinton Chamber of Commerce site for more information. www.vintonchamber.com.
Where can I get more information?