Fairfield's signature rite of spring -- the Dogwood Festival -- bloomed again Friday, with clear blue skies and balmy breezes blessing its 75th anniversary.

The festival takes place through Sunday on the grounds of the historic Greenfield Hill Congregational Church at Old Academy and Bronson roads. And even though rain and scattered thunderstorms are in the forecast for tomorrow, the festival goes on, rain or shine.

A range of events are planned, from musical performances, luncheons and dinners, a carnival, road races for adults and children, crafts, a tag sale and tours of a nearby historic cemetery.

But the dogwoods themselves are the greatest attraction. Rooted in a tradition that began when Revolutionary War surgeon Isaac Bronson began planting dogwoods in the Greenfield Hill area, the trees in their glory form a natural canopy of pink and white blossoms over the event.

This year's warmer early spring, however, caused many of the dogwoods to blossom early, so the petals may tend to be past their prime.

Nonetheless, the neighborhood around the Greenfield Hill Congregational Church is striking at any time of year and the proceeds raised throughout the weekend benefit a range of charities.

The Dogwood Festival hours are Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., at Greenfield Hill Congregational Church, 1045 Old Academy Road in Fairfield. Free admission and parking.

For more information, call 203-259-5596, or check the website: www.greenfieldhillchurch.com.

Following is a listing of some of the Dogwood Festival's events today:


11:30 a.m., Blessing of the Animals.

2 p.m., Entertainment by The Pitchpipers, a women's singing group, Jeanne Whiting, director.