Tennessee Iris Festival Blooms in Dresden

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What began as a community Easter parade in Dresden in 1980 has turned into one of Tennessee’s best-loved small-town festivals. Every April, Dresden hosts the highly anticipated Tennessee Iris Festival, a weeklong event that paints the town purple.

Iris Garden at Ellington Agricultural Center

Now in its 31st year, the Iris Festival kicks off with an opening ceremony Saturday evening at the City Park of Dresden, including live entertainment, free food and fireworks.

Throughout the week, there’s a citywide yard sale, carnival, bingo games, a baking contest, community gospel sing-along, golf tournament, arts and crafts marketplace, quilt and needlework show, flower show, princess and queen pageants, music fest, 5K run, pet show and tractor pull. The festival culminates on the last day with the Tennessee Iris Festival Parade, which features around 100 colorful floats. The festival typically takes place the last weekend in April through the first weekend in May.

Can’t make it to Dresden this year? Check out the Iris Gardens at Ellington Agricultural Center in Nashville or Primm Springs’ Iris City Gardens any time this spring.

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  1. catherine townson

    March 1, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    do you sell the irises ?

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