Arguably one of the prettiest times of the year in southeast Oklahoma, spring brings that wonderful reprieve from winter; warmer weather lets us again enjoy the outdoors without so many layers, and the region is awash in the beauty that comes with springtime blooming. And dogwood trees are an area favorite when it comes to spring blooms.

Since the late 1730s, dogwood trees have been used as ornamental additions to landscaping here in the North America. Some credit Thomas Jefferson for the tree’s increasing popularity in the late 1700s, as he did his best to spread these trees through his homeland in Virginia. The trees can grow up to 30 feet tall, and are likely to have a canopy that spans up to 30 feet as well. What makes the tree so desirable for ornament are the beautiful flowers that range from white to nearly red, depending on which of the 60 species is present.

In fact, we love our dogwoods so much in this area that Idabel has an annual spring event dedicated to the tree’s beauty: the Dogwood Festival (a.k.a. “Dogwood Days”) is the first large area event of the year.

Just 20 minutes south of Broken Bow, and approximately 35 minutes south of most of our vacation cabins, downtown Idabel comes to life during the first weekend of each April. This year, the event happens at the very start of the month on April 1, 2017.

And what will you find when you get there this year? Why, first and foremost, the thousands of dogwood trees in full bloom, of course!  To go with all that natural beauty in the area, the thousands of attendees also look forward to a family-oriented, spring street fair coupled with some competitive fun.

For families and the kids, come on down for the Easter-egg hunt and numerous kid’s activities. Chainsaw carving demonstrations keep both children and adults entertained.

If you don’t have children, fear not: there are plenty of activities to keep you busy. Downtown comes alive with retail/sidewalk sales, there are craft vendors aplenty, the RV & boat show is matched by the lawn & garden show, and live entertainment keeps everyone happy.

Are you more of the “active type?” You’ll enjoy the event as well: the 5K run (you can also walk), volleyball tournaments, dance contests, and scavenger hunt will keep you moving during the event. And don’t worry about going hungry because the food vendors will be ready to fill you up with delicious food.

Now in its 24th year, the event just keeps getting bigger and better, so be sure to plan your spring Broken Bow cabin getaway and join us for this springtime community event!