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Dogwood festival canceled for 2013

Mar. 31, 2013 @ 11:57 PM

HUNTINGTON -- For the past 42 years, the Dogwood Arts and Crafts Festival has been a rite of Spring.

While the Dogwoods bloomed in the surrounding hills, the Big Sandy Superstore Arena had been home to one of the area's largest arts and crafts shows.

However, this year that show has been canceled.

Brian Sipe, general manager of the SMG-managed Big Sandy Superstore Arena, which produces the annual show, said a lack of interest from regional vendors has caused them to punt the show for 2013.

"We did not have enough vendors RSVP to produce the high-quality show we had been producing in years past," Sipe said. "That lead us to sit the year out and reinvent a new festival for next year. We were sad that the festival had run its course, but we will bring it back -- new and refreshed."

The Dogwood Festival, which would have been in its 43rd year, was scheduled for the last weekend in April.

Although the festival is not happening, the Arena calendar is packed with events. Upcoming shows and events include April 5, Willie Nelson and Family; April 6, Tri-State Comic Con; April 13, Mardi Gras Cheerleading; April 16-17, Sesame Street Live; April 17, The Pink Floyd Ultimate Light and Sound Experience (at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center); and May 17, Larry the Cable Guy and Bill Engvall.

Go online at www.bigsandyarena.com.



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