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Fayetteville's Dogwood Festival offers food, art, music, fun

Posted April 24, 2009

— The Dogwood Festival in Fayetteville kicks off Friday night.

The event – which includes rides, attractions, food and music and attracts thousands of visitors – runs through Sunday at Festival Park and other locations.

Dogwood Festival offers art, food, family fun Dogwood Festival offers art, food, family fun

Food lovers got an early taste of the festival on Friday when the Cumberland County Sheriff's department hosted the annual Crime stoppers BBQ. Patrons enjoyed a plate of pulled pork, coleslaw, potato salad and a biscuit for just $6.

Art lovers can get up close to some works by Andy Warhol at the Fayetteville Arts Building.

Band .38 Special performs Friday night and alternative group Collective Soul is among the acts on Saturday. Reality star and singer Ray J will perform on Sunday.

Even the Fayetteville chief of police got in on the action. Chief Tom Bergamine took his turn in the dunking booth Friday afternoon. For two hours and $1 a ball, citizens took aim at the city’s top lawman. Proceeds from the dunking booth will benefit "Walking for the Cure.”

Downtown parking will be available during the festival. Officials suggest the Systel parking lot, 225 Green St., which charges $5 per day, and the free parking lots on Person Street and Hay Street.

A free off-site shuttle will be available from the Parks and Recreation facility on Lamon Street. The shuttle will run every 15 minutes. The designated pickup location is by Linear Park. The shuttle will run on Saturday from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

On Saturday, some members of the WRAL-TV staff will appear at the festival:

  • Greg Fishel, noon - 2 p.m.
  • Christi Lowe, noon - 3 p.m.
  • Bryan Mims, 3 - 6 p.m

 Are you going to the festival? Send us your photos and videos.


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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Apr 24, 2009

    Next they'll complain about the satanic rock music, other "scary" vendors (like a Wiccan booth) & the lack of Christian music. They never want a level playing field. If so, they'd pay taxes like the rest of us.

  • teck Apr 24, 2009

    SWEET! Greg Fishel will be there??? Awesome, I can't wait to get his autograph.

  • daisymom Apr 24, 2009

    Just say "No thank you" and move along. Works pretty good on the people at those kiosks in malls who are always asking me "can we do your taxes, sell your house, sell you a phone"?

  • rocket Apr 24, 2009

    What's the big deal here? They are just handing out pamphlets. If you are offended by the mere site of a church booth then you are too easily offended and you should probably just never leave your house. If you don't like it, ignore it.

  • panthers254 Apr 24, 2009

    christians hand out pamphlets...... moonies sell flowers at the airport..... islamofascists strap on a bomb and demand you worship as they do..... i guess everyone has their own methods of propaganda. who's right, who's wrong, i guess we wont know until we kick the bucket. haggis.... maybe you are right and we will all be a pile of dust in ten thousand years...... or maybe, the hindus are right and i'll be an elephant in the next life. lol

  • disco2drivin Apr 24, 2009

    evolution a fairy tale??? surely you can't be serious!

  • Pseudonym Apr 24, 2009

    The Future,

    Everybody believes in some fairy tale, even you. Which one do you believe? Glo-bull warming? Evolution? That science has your best interest at heart?

  • haggis basher Apr 24, 2009

    its seems like a reasonable compromise........lets see how they behave with the new rules....

  • please-stand-by Apr 24, 2009

    I will pray for you, "The_Future", and hope that you will actually have a future to look forward to.

  • panthers254 Apr 24, 2009

    tolerance...... it's a two way street.