Late Blooms Sadden Crowds At Fairfield's Dogwood Festival

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Despite few flowers and clouds, people turned out for the annual Fairfield Dogwood Festival at the Greenfield Hill Congregational Church.
Despite few flowers and clouds, people turned out for the annual Fairfield Dogwood Festival at the Greenfield Hill Congregational Church. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith
A few blooms grace the trees at the annual Fairfield Dogwood Festival at the Greenfield Hill Congregational Church.
A few blooms grace the trees at the annual Fairfield Dogwood Festival at the Greenfield Hill Congregational Church. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith
Despite few flowers and clouds, people turned out for the annual Fairfield Dogwood Festival at the Greenfield Hill Congregational Church.
Despite few flowers and clouds, people turned out for the annual Fairfield Dogwood Festival at the Greenfield Hill Congregational Church. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith
Despite few flowers and clouds, people turned out for the annual Fairfield Dogwood Festival at the Greenfield Hill Congregational Church.
Despite few flowers and clouds, people turned out for the annual Fairfield Dogwood Festival at the Greenfield Hill Congregational Church. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith
Despite few flowers and clouds, people turned out for the annual Fairfield Dogwood Festival at the Greenfield Hill Congregational Church.
Despite few flowers and clouds, people turned out for the annual Fairfield Dogwood Festival at the Greenfield Hill Congregational Church. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith
Despite few flowers and clouds, people turned out for the annual Fairfield Dogwood Festival at the Greenfield Hill Congregational Church.
Despite few flowers and clouds, people turned out for the annual Fairfield Dogwood Festival at the Greenfield Hill Congregational Church. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith
Despite few flowers and clouds, people turned out for the annual Fairfield Dogwood Festival at the Greenfield Hill Congregational Church.
Despite few flowers and clouds, people turned out for the annual Fairfield Dogwood Festival at the Greenfield Hill Congregational Church. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – For 79 years, the Greenfield Hill Congregational Church has hosted the Annual Dogwood Festival in Fairfield. But this year, the trees are not in bloom.

The festival, traditionally held on Mother's Day when the Dogwoods are in bloom, is taking place this weekend. It opened Friday to clouds and few blooms on the titular trees and continues Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. 

“It’s a little sad to see them not in bloom,” said Fairfield resident Cheryl Jones, who comes to the festival every year.

“It would be nice for them to open by Sunday,” Krista Dougherty of Fairfield said of the flowers. But she added that she wasn’t sure if they would bloom on time.

Most festival attendees Friday agreed it was sad to have the trees not in bloom. But for some, it’s worse to not have the festival on Mother's Day.

“I’d rather have the festival on Mother's Day than have the Dogwoods in bloom,” said Jim Accomando of Fairfield. He said it was nice when the festival was on Mother's Day because it made the day that much more special.

Tara Perlla, a Greenwich resident who grew up in Fairfield, said she was noticing how odd it was to come to the festival when the trees weren’t in bloom.

For Fairfield resident Pam Ryan, who comes nearly every year, it seemed strange that the festival was moved back a week and to not have it held on Mother's Day.

“This year most of them haven’t bloomed yet,” Ryan said. “Though they might bloom next week!”

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