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Dogwood Festival to allow churches as vendors

Posted July 18, 2008

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— The board of the Dogwood Festival has voted to allow churches to sponsor booths at the 2009 event, organizers said Friday.

The move comes after some people claimed the festival held last April discriminated against churches by not allowing them as vendors.

Organizers said at the time they were enforcing an existing rule after receiving complaints from festival attendees of churches pushing religious materials on them and from food vendors about churches giving away food and drinks.

The festival board said churches and political groups would be allowed to apply as non-profit vendors for the 2009 Dogwood Festival, scheduled for April 24-26, 2009. Guidelines for the applications will be made public in November, organizers said.

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  • dogman1973 Jul 21, 2008

    Sounds like commonsense prevails at the Dogwood Festival.....let church groups be vendors---they always have the better tasting food anyway!

  • PowderedToastMan Jul 21, 2008

    Posted by wonbyone74: "Jesus NEVER fails!!!"

    Are you serious? Where is your God when Hurricane Katrina showed up? Where was Jesus when Lt. Holley Wimunc was killed, etc?

    Jesus fails on a daily basis.

  • newmommy06 Jul 18, 2008

    God is so good...

  • lbzebulon Jul 18, 2008

    If you don't want to listen to what they have to say then walk away. THANK YOU GOD I BELIEVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • dwntwnboy Jul 18, 2008

    As long as they follow the rules, there shouldn't be any problem. They shouldn't give food and drink away- hurting the other business owners- and they shouldn't push their religion on others. More power to them if they can follow the rules.

  • rrnjmm1999 Jul 18, 2008

    OK..WHO GOT PAID OFF. CAN'T WE DO ANYTHING FUN WITHOUT THE CHURCH THROWING THINGS DOWN OUR THROATS

  • wonbyone74 Jul 18, 2008

    Jesus NEVER fails!!!