BY CHRIS EDWARDS
WOODVILLE – Organizers of the annual Tyler County Dogwood Festival have announced a few updates pertaining to the postponed June 13 event.
“There will be some other changes due to social distancing and protocols that we are having to take,” according to a news release from the festival’s publicity committee. Each part of the event, which will consist of the parade, historical play and coronation, has been altered due to the ongoing efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The Queen’s Weekend Parade, which will begin at 10 a.m., with line-up at 9 a.m., will not feature candy, beads or promotional items thrown by participants. The organizers state that social distancing will still be in effect for both parade participants and spectators. They are stating that there are to be no congregations of spectators in locations such as the courthouse and Woodville United Methodist Church.
Additionally, although the Western Weekend is not part of this year’s festival, the organizers are encouraging that parade’s participants to take part in the Queen’s Weekend Parade.
Another major change to this year’s parade activity is that there will be no vendors set up downtown to sell food and various knickknacks. “The City will be contacting any food vendors that had purchased permits for the event and refunding any fees paid,” according to the news release.
The City of Woodville has temporarily suspended issuing temporary or annual vendor permits due to the pandemic, but all vendors who obtained annual permits prior to the pandemic response will be notified regarding setup restrictions and guidelines for June 13.
The historical play and Queen’s coronation, both of which are traditional live events taking place at the Dogwood Ampitheater the evening after the parade, will also be produced in a different fashion. The play will be pre-recorded and streamed on Facebook through the Tyler County Hospital Facebook page.
The coronation will take place live but will also be streamed on the TCH Facebook page. It is closed to the public, and each member of the court will receive an allotted amount of tickets for their families.
For tickets that have already been sold to the event, organizers say they will be honored, but no additional tickets will be sold.
In other Dogwood Festival news, be sure and check out week three of our ongoing series of special commemorative sections leading up to the festival, inside this issue. This week we highlighted the Ladies in Waiting, and also, we dug into our photo archives again for some more random snapshots from Dogwood Festival history.
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