MULLENS, WV (WVNS) – Starting Thursday, April 27, 2022, the City of Mullens continues its tradition of celebration.

The City of Mullens starts its annual Dogwood Festival. The Dogwood City is returning to a full-scale celebration after running a scaled-back version last year. There are games, rides, food, and concerts for festival-goers. The Dogwood Festival even includes educational contests for the kids at Mullens Elementary and Middle schools. Festival President, Susan England says that people look forward to the event every year.

“This is the homecoming event for people that are apart of the Mullens area.  I’ve got numerous messages saying they’re coming back just because of Dogwood Festival. There will be many activities for the entire family to enjoy in beautiful downtown Mullens. Whether you come for the music, the food, the contests, the carnival or just to meet and greet old and new friends, this festival promises to be one that should not disappoint”

Festival President, Susan England

Gambill Amusements opens today at 5 p.m. with several carnival rides, games, and food. Additionally, the Mullens Fire Department will be selling their festival-favorite hot dogs. Several local artists and venues will be present for the festival today and tomorrow, including:

  • The annual Mullens Dogwood Tree Planting Memorial ceremony will be held on the main stage at 4 p.m. Sponsored by Tankersley Funeral Home, the ceremony is probably one of the most important events held during the festival, according to England.
  • The Allen Smith Band will perform at 6 p.m. In 2011, the band released their first album, “Silent Night.”
  • How Great Thou Art Theatre Group presents their “MoTown Revue” at 8 p.m. The theatrical group will perform Motown favorites  from such entertainers as The Temptations, Four Tops, Supremes, among others followed by gospel favorites.
  • The Kids Cake Championship, sponsored by Christy`s Confections, will begin setting up at 9:30 a.m. in the Veterans Memorial Building. Participants will bake and decorate their own cake creation centered around this year`s festival theme, “Thrills In The Hills,” and the ATV industry.
  • The Sweets and Eats Contest is sponsored by Charlie`s Pharmacy. Entries can be dropped off at the Veterans Memorial Building between 10 a.m. and noon.
  • The annual Sidewalk Chalk Contest, sponsored by Butch McNeely State Farm Insurance, will again be held in front of Mullens City Hall at 10 a.m.
  • The Kidz Bicycle Race, sponsored by Hope McNeely Frame and A-Train Boxing, will be held at Mullens Middle School, with kids of all ages eligible to participate.
  • Additionally, the Button and Susie Seaton Spaghetti Eating Contest begins at 2 p.m. at Second Street Station.
  • The Rubber Ducky Race will be offering prizes such as a two-night stay with a golf package at Twin Falls Resort State Park, a $100 Amazon card, or $50 cash. Cost is $3 per duck.
  • Saturday evening`s music line-up kicks off at 6 p.m. featuring Mullens native Rick Moorefield and his bandmates, who make up Hinton-based Jonben Slate.
  • The Steel Woods take the stage at 8 p.m., performing their brand of country and southern rock.

Immediately following The Steel Woods concert and closing out the night, the festival will conclude with the annual fireworks display, sponsored by Consol Cares Foundation. Festivities kicked off for the Dogwood Festival yesterday, and continue today as well, so you have plenty of time to get out and enjoy it. The Festival runs through Saturday, April 30.