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Charleston gets economic boost from Dogwood-Azalea Festival

(Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS) (Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS)
(Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS) (Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS)
(Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS) (Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS)
(Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS) (Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS)
CHARLESTON, MO (KFVS) -

The 47th annual Dogwood-Azalea Festival in Charleston has added some new exhibits this year. The festival extends through many streets in town.

People can drive or walk the route to see dogwoods, azaleas, historic homes, and discover the history, unique vendors and features of what the festival has to offer. 

Thousands stepped back in time with the newest attraction called A Step Back in Time which features a pre-1880s exhibit with tepees, archery, and blacksmithing.

Other features of this festival include home tours, candlelight tour, plant sale, a parade, and carriage rides.

You might see some unique features along the way of the route as well. 

Heartland News caught up with Cary McClure-Story, Peyton and Larkin Deline from Charleston as they have set up a lemonade stand for St. Jude's. They have raised hundreds of dollars for the organization.

"I love seeing all of the people and glad so many care in helping out St. Jude's," McClure-Story said.

Organizers say this event always brings in many people and is a must for the community. 

People stay in hotels, eat at restaurants, and shop locally which helps out the economy for Charleston and the surrounding area. 

"It's a great place to see so many different vendors and people having fun," Matt Rich of Benton, Missouri said. "I love seeing all the trees and glad to help do my part in spending my money locally."

Organizers say they have seen people come from all over the United States for this event. 

The festival's last day is Sunday. 

An estimated more than 30,000 people are expected to attend. 

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