Four Events set for April 23 to Celebrate Dogwood Weekend

Shelbyville, KY (April 2022) — April is a busy month throughout Kentucky as festivals and activities come roaring back to life, including this year’s Dogwood Weekend in Shelby County. Four fun and unique events on Saturday, April 23 celebrate the passion, creativity, and excellence of Kentucky’s artists and crafters, and Shelby County’s claim-to-fame - Saddlebred horses. To offer convenient access to all four events, the Shelbyville Trolley will run a free public route between each location in Shelbyville. A map of trolley stops may be found online.

“Dogwood Weekend promises to be an exciting time in ShelbyKY! Each event keeps its core purpose in mind: a celebration of the arts, Kentucky culture, and the importance of local engagement,” said ShelbyKY Tourism President & CEO Janette Marson. “With ShelbyKY’s central location to both the Thunder Over Louisville festivities and Chris Stapleton’s Concert for Kentucky in Lexington on the same day, there’s no shortage of fun to be had across Kentucky this April.”

The Dogwood Festival, presented by the Shelby County Education Foundation, is a collection of more than 160 local artists, vendors, musicians, and performers providing family-friendly fun with arts and crafts, food, entertainment and a silent auction. The proceeds from the Dogwood Festival are used to support education and scholarships for future educators. The Dogwood Festival is from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 23; admission is free.

Cyndi Skellie, Shelby County Public Schools Public Relations Coordinator, adds, "When the Shelby County Education Foundation began, we wanted to have an event that showcased education in Shelbyville and also helped people learn about our mission. We are thrilled that ‘Dogwood Fever’ has caught on. Shelbyville is beautiful in the spring, and everyone should visit and join us." 

Also on April 23 is the Dogwood Artisan Showcase, held at the Shelbyville Conference & Welcome Center. The Artisan Showcase is presented by ArtSpark Productions and features many Kentucky artisans and locally made products. ArtSpark Productions is also hosting the Dogwood Flea & Antique Fair on the same day at the Shelby County Fairgrounds. Both events run from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 23; admission is free for both.

The multi-day Dogwood Classic Horse Show runs from April 21-23 at the Shelby County Fairgrounds and includes dozens of classes and competitions. Thursday and Friday shows are at 6 p.m. and Saturday shows are at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

ShelbyKY (Shelbyville, Simpsonville, and Shelby County) is the Saddlebred Horse Capital of the World. With dozens of bespoke lodging options as well as familiar brand-name hotels, ShelbyKY is perfectly positioned for ease of access to Kentucky’s two largest cities, the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, and outdoor adventure. With world-class dining at longtime favorites like Claudia Sanders Restaurant and new staples such as The Red Lion at Science Hill, and coupled with Kentucky’s only designer outlet mall, there’s much to see, do, and taste in ShelbyKY.


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