Fayetteville Dogwood Festival makes a long-awaited comeback with weekend minifest
This reduced version is a welcome return for local vendors and Sarah-grace Snipes, new executive director of the Fayetteville Dogwood Festival.
“The community hasn’t been able to attend an event like the Dogwood Festival for over two years,” Snipes said.
Event enthusiasts can expect plenty of options for fried food, local food trucks, and live music. Friday’s lineup will include the Throwback Collaboration Band, On The Border and an Eagles tribute band.
An auto and motorcycle show will take place on Saturday. Storms this weekend are cause for concern, but Snipes said the show will continue as long as there is no lightning.
“I’m very optimistic. It’s a blank slate, so myself and the Dogwood Festival have the opportunity to start from scratch,” said Snipes.
Jerry Hardin and Latony Binns are the owners of a brand new Kansas City style barbecue food truck in Fayetteville called “Big Chiefs”. They settled into Festival Park, eager to see food trafficking.
“Nervous, really nervous. We’re set up to handle a really nice crowd,” Hardin said.
Meanwhile, Raymond Kallas, owner of Tropical Island Concessions in Raleigh, says it’s good his business is returning to the festival and his employees are back to work.
“We have been through a difficult, difficult, difficult period,” he said.
Official opening of the doors at 5 p.m. The first group will perform at 6:15 p.m. Admission will be free on Friday and Saturday.
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