Created: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 05:45:00 EST
Updated: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 05:46:37 EST
Final preparations continued Friday for the annual Dogwood Festival that appears to be growing in popularity after adding two new events last year
The Perry Fire Department poured thousands of gallons into a pool set up on Main Street outside the Perry Hotel for the DockDogs competition. It’s a free event that debuted in 2013 and made quite a splash.
Perry Chamber of Commerce CEO Stacy Campbell said that and the hot air balloon rally at the fairgrounds have helped more than double attendance to 20,000 people last year despite a rainout on Sunday.
"It really brought something for everyone," Campbell said.
The arts and crafts festival in historic downtown Perry is a staple that will continue this year with more than 100 vendors.
"I'm a pack rat and like to look at all of it and figure out how to do it and then do some of them myself at home," Diana Davis who is looking forward to the festival said.
Arts and crafts and DockDogs start at 10 a.m. Saturday. The National Fairgrounds will host the hot air balloon rally that starts at 4 p.m. Dogwood festival organizers encourage people to park at the fairgrounds this weekend. There will be trams leaving from the west gate to take people to historical downtown Perry.