Highlands Historical Society takes Dazzling Dahlia Festival to the streets

2020 will go down in history as a year to remember, for all the wrong reasons. Historic events are happening in every aspect of life because history never takes a break.

While lives are being altered in ways people never imagined, nature is thriving. In that vein, literally, Highlands Historical Society proudly presents the 10th Annual Dazzling Dahlia Festival this weekend, Sept. 19-20.

Dahlias along the shore of Harris Lake in Highlands. Photo by Wanda Cooper.

This year’s Dazzling Dahlia Festival is an interesting reply to the new way of socially distanced living.

Highlands Historical Society is hosting over 30 clubs, businesses, nonprofits, churches, and individuals as they decorate Highlands with enchanting dahlia installations.

Dahlias come grow in a variety of colors.

Dahlias will of course be the star of the show, but there will also be locally grown plants and flowers showing off also.

Growers, floral designers, creative types and history buffs have come together to create an experience unlike any Highlands has had before.

A Rembrandt dahlia.

Saturday and Sunday Dahlia vignettes will be all over Highlands, from Brysons to Highlands Historical Village, Main Street, side streets, hidden in squares, inside shops, the Old Jail, and Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park. They will feature dahlias, local plants, and Highlands history; but most of all they will showcase the talent and creativity of the community. Each vignette tells a story, some serious, some silly.

Map of Highlands showing the locations of the vignettes for the Dazzling Dahlia Festival this weekend.

You will want to walk and drive around town to see the beauty and whimsy on display. This is a free and socially distanced event. The vignettes will be up all weekend and the public will choose the winners.

Over 30 groups and businesses will set up a dahlia vignettes throughout Highlands this weekend.

Vote online HERE.

Don’t miss the opportunity to help select the winners. Voting will be all weekend until 5 p.m. Sunday afternoon. The winner will be crowned shortly after.

There will be keys with vignette locations placed in strategic locations; so pick up a key and enjoy the gift of the creativity of some talented folks, and the beauty that the Highlands plateau blesses us with. Don’t forget to vote for your favorites!

This is the 10th Annual Dazzling Dahlia Festival to benefit the highlands Historical Society.

Donations are always appreciated at highlandshistory.com, because history doesn’t take a break!

Article courtesy of Highlands Historical Society

Photos by Brian O’Shea
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