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Town donates $10k to Dogwood Arts Festival


Farragut leaders opted to donate $10,000 to the Dogwood Arts Festival during the Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting Feb. 22.

In light of Dogwood Arts severing ties with Farragut’s Festival on the Green a few weeks ago, Robin Nelson, festival executive director, told Board members the Fox Den trail would be the featured trail for this year’s festival.


“The Dogwood Arts Festival is here tonight to request your support,” she said. “The spotlight this year shines on Farragut. As the featured trail, Fox Den will be the site of the ribbon cutting April eleventh, marking the official opening of the Dogwood Arts Festival.”

As part of being the featured trail, Nelson said three tour busses would run daily to the trail running through Fox Den.

“We also have flags available at cost to those residents of Fox Den,” she said.

The large flag features colorful dogwood blooms.

“It is indeed an honor for this to occur here in our town,” said Mayor W. Edward “Eddy” Ford III.

Ford said since the town was listed as feature trail and the Dogwood Arts Festival went to a lot of trouble and expense publicizing the event, the town should participate financially in the event.

Farragut was home to Festival on the Green, a festival sponsored in conjunction with, and as part of, the Dogwood Arts Festival.

Nelson said the Executive Committee made the decision last year to take the financial axe to its sponsorship of the outlying festivals, such as Festival on the Green and the one in Fountain City.

“Over the last year or so, the Board did a lot of community surveys,” she said. “The surveys showed the Dogwood Arts festival name had become so diluted people didn’t really know what was and wasn’t part of the festival.

“It was just felt the Dogwood Arts Festival had become all things. There was no sense of identity.”

Nelson said the board made the tough decision to reel in all the outlying festivals associated with the Dogwood Arts Festival for financial and identity reasons.

“It was not an easy decision for the committee,” she said.

Marianne Morse, chairman of the 2006 Festival on the Green, said she was disappointed by the decision.

“I understand the decision, but I’m disappointed for the community,” she said.

 

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