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Dogwood Carnival Looking for New Home

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Ever since he can remember, Barry Owens has been involved with the Dogwood Festival one way or another.

"You know it hasn't really changed that much over the past 60 years, at least since I've been around it, it hasn't," said Barry Owens, Dogwood Festival Vice President.

But there is one change that can't be ignored. The festival, a 60-year tradition, has been hit by the recession.

"We have seen a decrease in sponsorship, but we're still very blessed to have the people who come out and sponsor the event," said Frieda Loose-Wagner, Dogwood Festival President.

And it's not just sponsors. The carnival took two hits: a crummy economy and bad weather. Even the carnival workers say they've seen a drop in the number people coming through.

"Actually we don't make any money, all the events that we have, we actually charge less than our costs," said Loose-Wagner.

And there's one more bump in the road for the festival. Next year, McIntire Park will no longer serve as home for the carnival. "We don't have the carnival, we don't have a festival," said Loose-Wagner.

The festival's board is now looking for a place in Charlottesville or Albemarle to hold the 61st Dogwood Festival carnival.

But even in the face of tough times, the tradition will continue. "It's a place that family can be family again," said Loose-Wagner.

Reported by Christina Mora
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