FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Fairfield's Greenfield Hill Congregational Church will host the 79th annual Dogwood Festival from May 2 to 4.
The church, located at 1045 Old Academy Road in Fairfield, will host the event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 2 and May 3, and from noon to 5 p.m. May 4.
"The Dogwood Festival is the harbinger of spring and the whole town of Fairfield has come to own the symbol of the Dogwood," a press release said. "The feeling of driving up Bronson Road to see the beauty of the pink, white, and purple blooms against the stark contrast of an early spring sky is extraordinary."
Greenfield Hill Congregational Church Co-minister Alida Ward said the festival is a "time-honored tradition that has had a strong evolution," according to a press release.
"We will be featuring long-time arts and crafts vendors, as well as several new artisans and craftspeople this year," Ward said. "The weekend-long events are shaping up to be some of our most comprehensive and exciting events of the year in Fairfield and perhaps since the Festival’s inception."
Fellow minister David Rowe said the church helps support charities, including Operation Hope, Children At Risk Fund, Janus House, Center for Women & Families and Project Learn.
"The Dogwood Festival is a part of the fabric of the local community,” Rowe said.
“The Dogwood Festival has, for 79 years, been a wonderful tradition within the Fairfield community," said Tom Wambach, Dogwood Festival Committee chair. "Our congregation pulls together to make it the success that it is every year. We work hard and have a lot of fun together. We couldn’t do this without all our dedicated volunteers. All of our net profit goes to support charities.”
For more information on the Dogwood Festival, residents are asked to visit the Greenfield Hill Congregational Church’s website.