Denmark Dogwood Festival...Unity in the Community

The 29th Annual City of Denmark Dogwood Festival got underway Friday morning April 1, with the Annual Community Prayer Breakfast at the Voorhees College Gymnasium. The theme of this year’s festival was Umoja: “Unity in the Community”. The speaker for the prayer breakfast was Reverend Kim L. Robinson, the pastor of Union Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Holly Hill, SC.

Rev. Robinson, using several different characters to get his point across, said “Unity in the community is a serious thing.” “Unity in the community starts with you, you must change your attitude,” he said. Rev. Robinson used an automobile as an example how all the different parts of a car must work together. “Like a car has many different components, we must all work together.”

The Program began with Jayme Bradford, Co-Chair of the Dogwood Festival presiding proceeded with the following: Rev. Yvonne Singleton Invocation and Grace; Greetings Mayor Gerald E. Wright and Dr. Cleveland L. Sellers, Jr., President, Voorhees College, who noted that being named this year’s grand marshal of the Dogwood Festival Parade was his “first acknowledgement from the City of Denmark.” Sellers said his only regret was that his parents were not here to see him as President of the college and grand marshal.

The Occasion was presented by Dr. Anna Martin, followed by a musical selection by the Voorhees College Choir, under the direction of Professor Alvin Tuck. A praise dance by the V.C.I.L. Dancers preceded a poem by Voorhees College student Anthony Hyland. Rev. Robinson was introduced by Myrtis Williams.

Dogwood Festival Chair Reba Lofton introduced the Dogwood Festival Committee members and thanked everyone for their participation in the prayer breakfast stating: “No one person can do it all.” Voorhees College Chaplin/Vicar the Rev. Dr. Ira J. Johnson gave the benediction.

After a week of rain, the organizers of the 29th Annual Dogwood Festival could not have asked for nicer weather Saturday morning April 2, as parade and midway patrons were treated to blue skies and mild temperatures.

The parade kicked off at 11:00 a.m. with Denmark native and Voorhees College President Dr. Cleveland L. Sellers Jr. serving as grand marshal. Carolina Avenue in the City of Denmark was lined early with a large crowd of onlookers who witnessed one of the largest parades in recent years that included: floats, beauty queens and many other units. After the parade, patrons moved down the street to the vendors where they enjoyed lots of different types of food and several different performances at the gazebo in the Jim Harrison Park. Lines were also long at many of the rides as children of all ages experienced another successful Dogwood Festival.