Saturday, January 28

Fayetteville City Council questions Dogwood Festival entertainment

People listen to Rivermist as they perform at the Dogwood Festival on Friday, April 22, 2022.

Fayetteville will give $15,000 to help pay for the Dogwood Festival despite concerns from some City Council members about the diversity of entertainment at the event.

The council decided to provide the funding by a 9-1 vote at a work session on Monday. The council asked Sarahgrace Snipes, the festival’s executive director, to develop a plan of action for how the festival will deal with the council’s concerns.

Councilwoman Shakeyla Ingram voted against the motion, which was made by Mayor Pro Tem Kathy Jensen.

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Snipes told the council that the festival faces cash flow issues. She said the organization is still paying for this year’s Dogwood Festival, which was held in April.

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