Springtime is pretty well here, and plants and trees are blooming all around. One of the most common blooms you'll see in this area is the dogwood. It's so common around North Carolina that it was designated as the state's official flower. So once the flowers start blooming in April, dogwood festivals start popping up across the state. There are plenty of festivals across the state, but here are the largest ones:
Farmville - April 26 to 28, 2013
Fayetteville - April 26 to 28, 2013
Mebane - April 26 to 27, 2013
Statesville - April 19 to 21, 2013
Here's a little history on the dogwood:
In 1941, the North Carolina General Assembly designated the dogwood as the state's official flower. Many other flowers were considered, including the daisy, the goldenrod, the Flame Azalea, the Venus Fly Trap (which is native to no area except a small portion of North and South Carolina), and even the simple pine cone. But out of the competitors, the dogwood was by far the most common in the state, making the choice an easy one.