Iris Festival

36th Annual Tennessee Iris Festival in Dresden Schedule of Events – 2015

Saturday, April 25, 2015

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 21, 2015. Maps are available at Dresden City Hall Friday, April 24, 2015.

Bicycle Rodeo

Chairperson:  Joey Winstead

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

Chairperson:  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   

Chairperson:  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 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, 819-4922 and 514-2678

Join us at Dresden City Park at 6:00 p.m. as the 36th celebration begins!  This fun night of live entertainment features live music from the “Elam McKnight Band,” free food, and a fantastic fireworks show! This is an event your whole family is sure to enjoy! Bring your lawn chair.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

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.  This year’s theme is “Sunset Cemetery’s Wide World of Sports.”  We hope you can join us to learn more about the history of some of Dresden’s greatest sports teams, players and coaches.  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 3, 2015.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Prayer Breakfast

Chairperson:  Mark Earheart, 364-2419

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 27, 2015 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.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

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:  Josh Pirtle, 514-1605

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.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015


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 $6.00 for adults, $4.00 for children 3-6 years old, and free for children 2 years old and younger.  Tickets 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 Bethel University’s Award-Winning “Renaissance Quartet.”  Under the Direction of Matthew Holt, this group has encouraged and uplifted listeners with their unique style since the conception of the group in 2006. The group has traveled from coast to coast leading worship and performing in concerts of all kinds. The Renaissance Quartet won best new group at the 2009 National Quartet Convention in Louisville, Ky., as they bested 41 other groups in the competition. Since that contest they have been showcased in concerts at the convention.  Don’t miss this great night of music!


Trinity Amusements Carnival

The carnival will be set up in Downtown Dresden on North Wilson Street.  Opening night will be Wednesday, April 29, 2015.  The carnival will run through Saturday, May 2, 2015.  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.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

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   

Chairpersons: Amie Whittle, 693-0606 and Sarah Overcast, 587-2996

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.

Fashion Show

Chairperson:  Urban Designs, Emily Dunn, 364-3664

Come to the Dresden Farmers Market at Terry Oliver Plaza and check out the latest fashions from Northwest Tennessee!  The show will begin at 7:00 p.m.  This year, we will be featuring stores from Dresden and several surrounding towns.  Wear your latest knock-out outfit, sit back, relax, and enjoy our show!  Tickets can be purchased in advance from Urban Designs; advance tickets are $5.00.  Tickets will be sold at the door for $8.00.  Also, this year we are offering VIP tickets for $12.00.  VIP tickets include reserved parking, reserved seating, complimentary refreshments, automatic entry to door prizes, and recognition for the VIP individual or business.  Free admission for children 5 years of age or younger.


Quilt Show

Chairperson:  Gail Rogers, 364-5678

Whether you enjoy quilting 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 6:00 p.m.  Advanced registration for entry is required.  To register, please take your quilts to the McWherter Civic Center on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. for qualified entry.

Friday, May 1, 2015

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   

Chairperson: Shirley Chappell, 456-2213 or 514-7306

Bring your favorite plants, flowers, and mixed arrangements to the First United Methodist Church in Dresden. (105 S Church St, Dresden, TN 38225) 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 4:00 p.m.  Entries and awards must be picked up by 4:00 p.m.

Quilt Show 

The show continues from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the McWherter Civic Center.
See event under Thursday, April 30, 2015, for more information.

Tennessee Iris Festival Music Fest
Chairperson- Joey Winstead,  431-6396
Come to the Dresden Farmers Market at Terry Oliver Plaza and enjoy a great night of food, hot rods, antique cars, and live music, featuring “Leaving Sunday,” “Roadhouse 54, Matt Wolf, and others.  Festivities begin at 6 p.m.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

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

Chairperson:  Todd Maxey, 364-6786 or 514-6401 and Dusty Gibson,

The races 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) or $20.00 on the day of the race 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

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 36th Annual Tennessee Iris Festival.  The parade begins at 10:00 a.m.  You can find a highlighted map of the parade route in this booklet.  Advance registration for entry is required by Friday, May 1, 2015.  Entries forms available at First State Bank, Dresden and at

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, “The Face of the Iris”.  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 819-4922 or 514-2678.

McWherter Luncheon 

Chairpersons: Kate Bynum, 819-4922

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.

Black and Blue Alumni Football Game

Chairperson:  Jake Doster, 514-9285

Join us for the 1st Annual Black and Blue Alumni Football Game between Westview and Dresden High School Football Alumni.  This year’s game is hosted by the Dresden Alumni and will be held at Rotary Field at Dresden High School.  The game starts at 7:00 p.m.  Come out and show your school spirit!  Tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased at First State in Dresden or from any of the participating football alumni.  Free admission for children (6 years old and under) and for any Youth League Football players who wear their jerseys to the game.  Half of the proceeds from advanced tickets sales will go directly to Dresden High School’s football program.  Buy your tickets in advance and come out to support our schools!

The Tennessee Iris Festival Scholarship Fund

A member of the Iris Festival Executive Board will be at each event during the 36th Annual Tennessee Iris Festival with a flower pot intended for the collection of donations to the Tennessee Iris Festival Scholarship Fund established in 2012.  Your donations will be greatly appreciated and will benefit the recipients of the Tennessee Iris Festival Scholarship.  This scholarship will be awarded to two Dresden High School students who have volunteered service to the Tennessee Iris Festival in honor of this year’s Tennessee Iris Festival Grand Marshals and Citizen of the Year.


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