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Dogwood anniversary pins going like hotcakes

By Leanne Fuller lfuller@paducahsun.com

Commemorative pins for the 50th anniversary of the Paducah Dogwood Trail officially go on sale today, but the maker of the hand-painted dogwood blossoms said supplies are already limited.

Paducah Civic Beautification Board member Carol Vanderboegh completed the batch of 400 pins Friday and cautioned that 170 or so of the pins were already sold.

"I was really surprised," Vanderboegh said. "I mean, we sold 170 ... and we haven't even tried to sell them."

Vanderboegh designed the blossoms herself and hand painted each over the course of about two months. She estimated that each pin took about two hours to complete, including drying time.

Half of the pins were painted pink and the other half white, and each pin is signed and numbered. Vanderboegh said she embellished about 25 of the pins with rhinestones in the center of the blossoms. She attached each flower to a brooch pin using a glue specifically made for metal.

Vanderboegh is a Paducah resident, and she said every step of creating the pins was locally done. The blossoms were laser cut by Triangle Enterprises, Inc., and the commemorative cards included with each pin were printed by Minuteman Press.

The idea to make the pins came from a different set of about 100 promotional pins Vanderboegh made for the Charity League about 25 years ago. She said at roughly an inch in size, those pins were more like buttons, but at about two and a half inches, the 50th anniversary pins are about the size of actual dogwood flowers.

"We wanted them to be large enough to make a statement," Vanderboegh said, and suggested that the pins could be worn on hats, lapels, scarves or as necklace medallions.

All profits from the pins are to be used to plant dogwood trees in the Children's Memorial Garden in Noble Park. Vanderboegh said she donated paint costs and her design time, so the only cost to produce the pins was purchasing the metal.

The pins are officially on sale today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Fletcher Hall at Grace Episcopal Church at 820 Broadway St., Paducah. The unembellished pins are $10 each, and the embellished pins are $15 each.

Vanderboegh said because so many of the pins have already sold, she may make an additional 50 or so, but those won't be signed or numbered.

Contact Leanne Fuller, a Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8653.

Comments made about this article - 1 Total

RJ posted on: Saturday, March 15, 2014 2:04 PM

Title: Dogwood Pins

Are all the pins gone? If not, where might I secure them now. They are beautiful!

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