The Tyler County Dogwood Festival is an annual event held each spring to celebrate the natural beauty and abundance of dogwood trees in Woodville, Texas. Started in 1940 by Judge James E. Wheat, the festival is the oldest outdoor historical pageant in the South. In 1968 the festival expanded to cover two weekends in order to include Western Weekend. Over the years the festival has grown to include several customs and events including parades, trail rides, dances, an arts and crafts show and the Dogwood Dash.
In the 1970s, Dr. L Gayle Burton starting to sponsor a 10K and 5K fun run as part of the festival. Citizens State Bank is proud to continue this tradition today by sponsoring the annual Dogwood Dash, a 5K race that takes place Saturday morning on Queen’s Weekend.
The Dogwood Dash beings at 8:30 a.m. in front of Kirby Gym at 505 N. Charlton Street with the route weaving through the city streets of Woodville and ending back at Kirby Gym. You can pre-register for the race by submitting an entry form before 3:00 p.m. on April 5 at the Woodville Main Bank, or late registration begins at 8:00 a.m. the morning of the race. T-shirts will be available to registered runners as long as supplies last. Additional T-shirts will be available for purchase. More information on registering can be found on the Entry Form.
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The house is used as a civic center and is operated by the Allen House Board. The house is a classic Greek revival style and the front of the house is dominated by ten Ionic two-story columns and a wrought iron Greek patterned balcony. The entry is a beveled glass door flanked by leaded-beveled glass sidelights and overlights. Floors throughout the house are oak. The original brass chandeliers are still in the house. In the center of the house is the impressive staircase featuring the original stained glass window at the first landing. This restored mansion is set among majestic oak trees and indeed is a sight for all to see.