Attapulgus Dogwood Festival canceled

Published 2:19 pm Friday, March 6, 2009

For the first time in approximately 24 years, the Attapulgus Dogwood Festival, originally scheduled for Saturday, March 28, has been canceled.

“Due to the current economic situation, as well as the fact that the Attapulgus Community Club festival sponsor has lost a number of members, we have decided to cancel this year’s festival,” sent Myra Hartzog, Community Club president. “Many of the vendors who have participated in the past have told us that during present economic circumstances, they simply cannot travel to Attapulgus, set up their booths and sell enough to make the trip worthwhile.”

For years, the Dogwood Festival has opened with a colorful parade featuring public officials, vintage cars, bands, area beauty queens, floats, school groups and horses.

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Following the official welcome to the visitors and the introduction of platform dignitaries by Attapulgus Mayor Johnny Medley, a full day of entertainment, including presentations by local dance studios and gospel groups, has attracted hundred of visitors.

Meanwhile, booths offering food, crafts and other items have filled the festival grounds located in front of Attapulgus United Methodist Church and across the street from the Attapulgus Baptist Church.

For years, alumni from the Attapulgus-Amsterdam school alumni meeting have held reunions in the Baptist Church in conjunction with the Dogwood Festival.

This year, despite the fact that there will be no Dogwood Festival, school alumni will still have their reunion in the Baptist fellowship hall as usual beginning at 11 a.m. on March 28.

Community Church members hope to resume the Dogwood Festival in the future as it joins other area festivals that attract thousands of visitors to Decatur County each year.

Hartzog said the club does plan to sponsor its annual chicken pilau and fall festival later in the year.