By Mollie LaSalle
WOODVILLE – The Dogwood princesses for 2023 were the guests at the noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Woodville last Wednesday.
Mandy Risinger introduced the five young ladies who are representing Tyler County to be crowned the festival’s 80th queen.
The five princesses are: Kaylee Tolar of Chester, Ella Hatton of Spurger, Natalie Standley of Warren, Savannah Ludewig of Woodville, and Gracen Lindsey of Colmesneil. Each girl introduced herself and highlighted her accomplishments and future goals.
Risinger then gave the upcoming dates for the three -weekend festival. The Festival of the Arts will take place March 17-18, at Heritage Village, and also some events will happen at the Art Gallery/Emporium downtown. The annual Dinner on the Grounds at the Village will be Sunday, March 19, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Western Weekend is March 24-25, with the annual Lions Club rodeo and the trailride parade Saturday, which begins at 2 p.m. The Queen’s Weekend is April 1, and will feature the parade at 2 p.m., and the coronation and historical play at 7:30 p.m. at the Dogwood amphitheater. You can purchase tickets for Dinner on the Grounds, the Rodeo, and the Queen’s Coronation at Sullivan’s Hardware. They also sell souvenir programs for the festival.
Lee Mann, incoming Rotary president for 2023-24, presented officers for the coming year. President-elect is Lisa Meysembourg; Past President is John Wilson; Secretary, Joyce Wilson; Treasurer, Jo Thomas and Directors Roschelle Springfield; Fred Sullivan; Connie Gibson and Rusty Minyard. New officers will be installed later this summer.