Spring Dogwoods on the Water


Lake of the Ozarks, MO - As sure as the coming of spring at the Lake of the Ozarks is the annual Dogwood Festival in Camdenton, which takes place April 25-27.

The winding roads and shoreline surrounding the Lake of the Ozarks become a colorful sight in springtime.
While the Lake of the Ozarks was recently voted one of the top two destinations in the nation for viewing colorful fall foliage by readers of USA Today, springtime in the Ozarks is a sight to behold as well.

The hardwood forests that line the winding roads and the 1,150 miles of shoreline along the Lake of the Ozarks become a palette of soft green with pops of white and pinks from the Flowering Dogwoods and Redbud trees.

As the longest running springtime event at the Lake of the Ozarks, the Dogwood Festival in Camdenton celebrates it's 69th year the weekend of April 25-27. The festival typically coincides with the peak season of the blooming of Missouri's state tree, the Flowering Dogwood and brings in  between 8,000 to 10,000 people from around the Midwest to enjoy the colorful scenery and the different activities and events that take place over the weekend.

"We look forward to the Dogwood Festival every year," says Trish Creach, executive director of the Camdenton Chamber of Commerce. "Springtime at the Lake of the Ozarks is so beautiful and the festival is a fun way to celebrate the season. There's always something for everyone to enjoy, so it's a great event for families and visitors of all ages."

The carnival at the Dogwood Festival takes place Thursday through Saturday evenings at the Camdenton Middle School.
The 2019 Dogwood Festival gets underway the evening of Thursday, April 25 with the opening of the carnival area, located at the Camdenton Middle School, from 5-10 p.m. In addition to the carnival, there are several other activities taking place at the middle school throughout the weekend. On Friday, there will be live musical entertainment from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. and carnival rides from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. On Saturday, the carnival rides run from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. with dance performances and live music taking place from 12 noon until 7 p.m. Locally made arts and crafts and a variety of food and refreshments will be sold on location at many vendor booths all weekend.

Camden County Museum hosts a dinner theatre production of "Deadwood Dick or, The Game of Gold" on Friday and Saturday evenings, April 26 and 27.
At the Camden County Museum, there will be displays of handmade creations by the Lake Area Woodworkers all weekend. The Camden County Museum Players present their first dinner theater production of
the 2019 season during the Dogwood Festival. T he play, a western-themed, "rootin' tootin'" melodrama set in the late 1890s, is called "Deadwood Dick or, The Game of Gold." Doors open at 5 p.m. with a spaghetti dinner buffet being
served at 5:30 p.m. The curtain goes up and the play begins at 7 p.m., on both Friday and Saturday evenings. Tickets for the dinner and play are $15 per person and reservations are suggested as seats are limited. For more details on the dinner theater or to reserve tickets, call 573-346-7191, extension 8, or visit

Additional Friday events include garage sales taking place at St. Anthony's Church from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Our Savior's Lutheran Church from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., respectively. There also will be a fish fry at the Knights of Columbus Hall from 4 until 7:30 p.m.

The annual Dogwood Festival parade takes place at 10 a.m. on Saturday in downtown Camdenton at the Lake of the Ozarks.
Other activities taking place on Saturday include the Dogwood Festival 5K Fun Run, scheduled for 7:30 a.m. beginning at at the Camdenton High School. 
The United Methodist Church hosts a pancake breakfast from 6:30 a.m. until 10 a.m. and the St. Anthony's Church garage sale runs from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. while the garage sale at Our Savior's runs from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. The "Time Traveler - Past, Present and Future" themed Dogwood Festival parade takes place at 10 a.m. in downtown Camdenton. The Camdenton Memorial Lake-Regional Airport hosts Young Eagles Flights from 12 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. where children from 8 to 17 years of age can learn about aviation and fly in a small airplane with the pilots from the Lake Aviation Center. And, Community Christian Church hosts the "Worship Under the Dogwoods" service at 2 p.m.

For more information on the 2019 Dogwood Festival, including a schedule of activities, locations of events and complete list of booths and vendors, visit the chamber's website at

Lodging options at the Lake of the Ozarks include resorts, cottages, campgrounds, bed and breakfasts and rental vacation homes and condominiums.
There are many lodging options available for those looking to plan a spring getaway to the Lake of the Ozarks. 
From full-service resorts to smaller, family-owned resorts, romantic bed and breakfasts to rustic cabins and comfortable campgrounds and RV parks, as well as rental vacation homes and condominiums, visitors have no shortage of lodging choices. For a complete listing of accommodations available around the Lake area, visit the "Lodging" page at

Additional spring events, as well as year around attractions and information on all lodging and dining options available at the Lake, can be found on the Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitor Bureau's award-winning website,, or by calling 1-800-FUN-LAKE (386-5253).

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