Courtesy of the Dogwood Publicity Committee
Christmas is in the air all across Tyler County, but the directors of the Tyler County Dogwood Committee have springtime on their minds as they begin planning for what they hope will be the best festival to date.
The 80th Annual Dogwood Festival will get kicked off with the Festival of the Arts March 17-18. Western Weekend will follow on March 24-25.
The three week-long festival will conclude with the Queen’s Weekend, with the Dogwood Parade and Coronation scheduled for April 1.
Dogwood activities begin in January with the process of selecting local royalty. Senior girls from the five school districts in Tyler County will participate in a series of judgings to determine which ladies will serve as Princesses and Ladies in Waiting. Kingsmen, which are a group of businessmen from Tyler County, will carefully make selections based on poise, personality, and beauty. The judging dates for the festival have been set, and recommendations are currently being accepted for Kingsmen.
In order to be eligible, each candidate would need to obtain two letters of recommendation from current Kingsmen. There are yearly dues of $50, and each Kingsman is required to sell at least $150 in advertisements for the Dogwood Book. If you, or anyone you know, is interested in becoming a Kingsman, the letters of recommendation and dues need to be received by the Dogwood Festival Committee no later than Monday, Jan. 9.
The judging dates for this year are Jan. 26; Feb. 2 and Feb. 9. All Kingsmen are required to dress appropriately (Sunday best) for all judgings. For more information, including a list of current Kingsmen, please go to www.tylercountydogwoodfestival.orgor go to the Tyler County Dogwood Festival Facebook page. Interested individuals may also reach out to Sarah Russell at 409-937-6959.