Shiver me timbers! It's Dogwood Festival time again

Despite the fact that at presstime it's snowing and raining and feels more like November than April, it's almost time for the Dogwood Festival. To help set the mood, the East Rivanna Fire House hosted a celebration on April 5.

Face painters, balloonists, and storytellers competed for children's attention, while Clifford the Big Red Dog strolled around, the big hit of the day. Beauty queens were on hand, too, with their mega-watt smiles and pageant banners. It certainly was a festive affair despite the chilly temps.

The Dogwood Festival runs from Tuesday, April 15 through April 26. For a list of events, please visit dogwoodfestival.org.

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