Planning is underway for the Greenfield Hill Congregational Church’s 79th annual Dogwood Festival, which will be held on the church grounds and town square May 2 through 4.

This year’s festival is the week before Mother’s Day. The Dogwood Festival Committee moved the festival a week earlier to try and catch ever earlier blooming dogwood trees in full bloom and to give all the moms who work the Dogwood Festival a treat this year.

The Dogwood Festival is the harbinger of spring and the whole town of Fairfield has come to own the symbol of the dogwood.

“Our 79th Dogwood Festival is a time-honored tradition that has had a strong evolution and continues to receive extensive community support,” said Alida Ward, co-minister. “We will be featuring long-time arts and crafts vendors, as well as several new artisans and crafts people this year. The weekend-long events are shaping up to be some of our most comprehensive and exciting events of the year in Fairfield and perhaps since the festival’s inception.”

“We support local, national and international charities like Operation Hope, Children At Risk Fund, Janus House, Center for Women & Families, and Project Learn and many more through our mission board,” said David Rowe, co-minister. “The Dogwood Festival is a part of the fabric of the local community.”

The festival will include a Hawaiian luau, concerts, crafts, games, walking tours, shopping and food.

Festival hours are Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free. There will also be free shuttle bus parking.