Tennessee Iris Festival – 2014

Full schedule now available!
This year’s dates are Saturday, April 26 – Saturday, May 3.


Citywide Yard Sale  
Chairperson:  Nancy Jarred, 514-8761
Come spend your day exploring hidden treasures and great bargains across the city of Dresden. Bring your friends and enjoy being out and about town when it’s Iris Time in Tennessee! Your $5.00 participation fee may be paid at Dresden City Hall. Checks may be written to Tennessee Iris Festival. The deadline to register is April 22, 2014. Maps are available at Dresden City Hall Friday, April 25, 2014.

Bicycle Rodeo
Chairperson:  Pat Phillips
Bring your bicycle and enjoy riding in a fun filled obstacle course in the Ned Ray McWherter Civic Center parking lot beginning at 3:00 p.m.

Power Wheels in the Park
Chairpersons: Brian & Lori Mathis, 364-2565
Bring your battery powered toy for a fun drag racing and obstacle course experience. Participants may be ages 7 and under. Event will take place in City of Dresden Park at 5:00 p.m. and two Power Wheels will be given away! For more information contact the chairpersons.

Arts & Crafts Marketplace
Chairpersons: Rachel Winstead, 514-5885
Visit arts, crafts, and fine merchandise vendors and shop for souvenirs and gifts at the marketplace at Dresden City Park from 4:00 p.m. to dark. To be a vendor, visit http://www.tennesseeirisfestival.com and fill out an application. The cost of a booth is $25. Tables will be available for your 10’ x 10’ booth space. Set up will begin at 2:00—4:00 p.m.

Tennessee Iris Festival Opening Ceremony
Chairpersons: TN Iris Festival Executive Board, 225-7699
Join us at Dresden City Park at 6:00 p.m. as the 35th celebration begins. This fun night of live entertainment features Leaving Sunday, free food, and a fantastic fireworks show! This is an event your whole family is sure to enjoy! Bring your lawn chair.


Cemetery Walk                                            
Chairpersons:   Bobby Goode, 364-5391 & Tommy Moore, 364-2915
This event is a favorite of many and sure to be enjoyable to people of all ages. Transportation will be available to those in need of assistance in traveling the course of the cemetery. Sponsors and first tour will begin at 4:30 p.m. Last tour begins at 6:30 p.m. Rain date will be Sunday, May 4, 2014.


Prayer Breakfast 
Chairperson:  Don McCulley
Begin the week at 7:00 a.m. in fellowship at Dresden Elementary School. A breakfast and program will be provided by Dresden First Baptist Church. Dignitaries, city, county, and state officials will be recognized. Tickets cost $5.00 each and may be purchased at the door of the DES Multipurpose Room immediately before the event. Tickets are available for purchase before April 28, 2014 at Dresden First Baptist Church, First United Methodist Church, Dresden City Hall and First State Bank in Dresden.

Tasting Party    
Chairperson: Winnie Moore, 364-2077, 234-5641
Come enjoy the fine cooking and popular dishes of the area’s best cooks at Dresden Elks Lodge from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Admission is $7.00 at the door.


Children’s Bingo
Chairperson: Dresden Elementary Principal Mike Laughrey, 364-3401
Bring your children up to 12 years old to Dresden Elementary School from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. for a free game of Bingo. Fun prizes will be awarded! Please stay with your children while they play or make plans to pick them up at DES no later than 7:00 p.m.

Iris Festival Fun Bingo              
Chairperson:  Ginger Forrester 514-3726
This is one of the most popular events of the week and offers many opportunities to win. The game itself is suspenseful and exciting, and the fun is topped by the great prizes you may win. Bingo is the place to be! Come to the new location Dresden Middle School Gym from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. to get in on the action. Admission is free. Must be 18 to enter.

Trinity Amusements Carnival 
The carnival will be set up the McWherter Civic Center, Dresden City Park area, Saturday, April 36th through Saturday, May 3, 2014. As always, the carnival promises fun rides and delicious concessions. Dresden Elementary, Middle School and High School students will be visiting the carnival during the Festival week.


Baking Contest 
Chairperson:   Gail Rogers, 364-5678
Think you’re a good cook? Enter your prize-winning recipe and let the judges decide. There is no cost to enter. Bring your baked dishes to the McWherter Civic Center between 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. The judging will begin at 10:00 a.m.

Senior Citizen Luncheon
Chairperson: Gail Rogers, 364-5678
Bring a dish and enjoy a free potluck meal at 12:00 noon at McWherter Civic Center.  Door prizes will also be given.

Pancake Supper
Chairperson: Martha Hopper, John Johnson, and Christina Oliver 364-2212 (First Baptist Church, Dresden)
Come eat delicious pancakes at Dresden First Baptist Family Life Center served by the Men’s Ministry and Women on Mission before the community-wide church service from 5:00—6:45 p.m. Tickets will be $5 each, except for children under the age of 3 which are free, and may be purchased at the door or in advance. All proceeds will be given to Santa’s Helpers. Please contact chairpersons with to purchase advance tickets.

Community Wide Gospel Singing 
Chairperson: Tommy Moore, 364-2915
Enjoy community fellowship at Dresden First Baptist Church at 7:00 p.m. with “dkfjlsjdfl”. Don’t miss this great night of music!


Iris Festival Golf Tournament  
Chairperson: Dresden Rotary Club, Colin Johnson, 514-0858
Gather your golf buddies and make this 3-man scramble part of your Iris Festival celebration. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. and tee off will follow at 12:30 p.m. at Persimmon Hills Golf Course. Advance registration is required. The cost to play is $120 per team. Forms are available at First State Bank in Dresden, BancorpSouth, Dresden City Hall or from any Dresden Rotary member. Cash prizes will be awarded and lunch will be provided free of cost.

Community Health Fair    
Chairperson: Tony Harrison, 973-3755 or 364-5812
Come to the West Side of Court Square in Dresden from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon as local health care providers give free health screenings and resource education.

Fairy Tale Feast
Chairperson: Brittany Robinson, 514-7037 and Betsy McDaniel
Bring your children to visit with their favorite fairytale characters at Dresden Elementary School cafeteria from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. Admission to this event is free, and refreshments will be provided.

Quilt & Needlework Show
Chairperson:  Gail Rogers, 364-5678
Whether you enjoy quilting or needlework art forms as a hobby, a trade or simply enjoy viewing the pieces other people have made, you should make a point to come by the McWherter Civic Center between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Advanced registration for entry is required. To register, please take your quilts to the McWherter Civic Center on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. for qualified entry.


Corner Café                    
Chairperson:   Jan Everett, 364-5293 (home), 364-2419 (church)
Enjoy a wonderful meal prepared by the United Methodist Women at the Dresden First United Methodist Church from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for $8.00.

Tennessee Iris Festival Iris and Horticulture Show
Bring your favorite plants, flowers, and mixed arrangements to Dresden Court House. Entries will be taken from 7:30 – 9:30 a.m., and judging will begin at 9:45 a.m. This event is open to public viewing from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Entries and awards must be picked up by 5:00 p.m.

BBQ Cook-off                                    
Chairperson:  Alex Bynum, 819-6002
Returning to the Iris Festival this year is the BBQ Cook-off! Local Cookers will compete for the Best ?Name Categories? Beginning at ?time? in the field next to The Dresden Elks Lodge on Popular Street, look for the tents. Come join the fun. Live entertainment will be provided featuring ?who? Free food will be provided at designated areas until all gone. Advanced registration for cooking teams is required by ?when?. Forms may be picked up at ?where?.

Quilt and Needlework Show  
The show continues from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the McWherter Civic Center
See event under Thursday, May 1st for more information.


5K Race, 2 Mile Walk, 1 Mile Kids Fun Run, & .25 Tot Run

Chairperson:  Todd Maxey, 364-6786 or 514-6401 and Dusty Gibson, irun4tn@yahoo.com
The Run, Fun and Tot Runs and Walk will be held right off the Dresden Court Square at the corner of Main Street and Poplar Street in Dresden. The first 75 entries, 5K only, will receive a grab bag. 5K Race is $15.00 in advance (deadline April 15th beginning at 8:00 a.m., 2 mile walk $10.00 beginning at 8:00 a.m., 1 Mile Fun Run, for kids ages 5—12 years will be $10.00 beginning at 7:30 a.m., and 5 and under Tot Run $8.00 immediately following the 5K. For Registration form please visit http://www.tennesseeirisfestival.com. ) or $20.00 on the day of the race

Tennessee Iris Festival Parade 

Chairperson: Penny Gallimore, 364-3131
Find your favorite spot along the parade route to see this year’s entries and our wonderful dignitaries, royalties, and honored guests as they parade through Dresden in celebration of the 34th Annual Tennessee Iris Festival. The parade begins at 10:00 a.m. You can find a highlighted map of the parade route on the back cover of this program. Advance registration for entry is required by Thursday, May 2, 2013. Entries forms available at First State Bank, Dresden and at tennesseeirisfestival.com.

Parade Yard Party Competition

The Tennessee Iris Festival Executive Board invites the homes and businesses along the Parade route to make the Parade even more festive by hosting a “Yard Party” during the Parade. If you do not live along the Parade route and want to host a party combine your hosting skills with someone who does for a morning of celebrating this year’s theme, “Bloom Where You Are Planted”. The Mayor’s Choice Award for the best “Parade Yard Party” will be awarded a sign to display in the winning yard and a Festive Gift Basket. For more information please call 225- 7699.

McWherter Luncheon  

Chairperson: Jake Bynum, 364-4005
Gather on Carey Lawn at the home of Governor Ned Ray McWherter to close the festival week and to recognize and thank those who served to make it a success. The program and meal will begin at 12:00 noon. In the event of rain, the event will be moved to Dresden Elementary School. The Iris Festival Luncheon is open to the public. Purchase of tickets is required in advance, and the cost is $10.00 each. Tickets are available at Dresden City Hall and First State Bank in Dresden.

Pet Show      

Chairperson: Chris Mallon, 364-5522
Bring your pets to A to Z Vet Supply, 9876 Highway 22, Dresden at 1:00 p.m. and show off their beauty and talent in a variety of categories. There will be several categories for all of your pets! No entry fee is required.

Tractor Pull    

Chairperson:  Ricky McHaney, 364-6041
Enjoy a classic tractor pull beginning at 11:00 a.m. at Richie & Reggie’s BBQ, Highway 22, Dresden. Competition will cover several categories including: Horse & Drawn (early 1800- 1900), Hit & Miss Engines, Antique Hand Tools, and Oldest Restored Tractor. No hot rods allowed. There is a $20 entry fee per entry/category.

David Johnson Chorus Concert

Chairperson:  Gail Crawford, General Manager, 514-0167
www.davidjohnsonchorus.com and Facebook
The David Johnson Chorus, Recipient of 3 Silver Diplomas at the 2012 World Choir Games, will present “Songs of the Common Man” on the last evening of the Iris Festival. “Sometimes things can be expressed in a song that can’t be talked about out loud.” This is opening comment made by David Johnson, Director of the David Johnson Chorus, in describing the chorus’ concert theme this spring. “I’m calling it ‘Songs of the Common Man,'” Johnson explains. “The songs come from three different eras of social stress in our country: the 1950’s and 60’s; the time of westward movement into the Appalachians by our forefathers; and the time of slavery.” The concert will begin at 7:00 pm at the Dresden Elementary School. Admission for adults will be $10.00; children and students will be admitted free of charge. There will be a reception following.


Advance registration is required for many events.  Obtain entry forms from Forms page.

Tickets for events can be ordered by mail.  Please send a check in the exact amount made out to the Tennessee Iris Festival and a self-addressed stamped envelope to P.O. Box 801 / Dresden, TN / 38225 or contact the event chairperson.


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