FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — Not only is the Dogwood Fall Festival in Fayetteville going ahead Friday and Saturday, close on the heels of Hurricane Matthew, it’s now a hurricane recovery fundraiser.
It was also the city’s first big downtown event post-Matthew.
Buckets have been placed throughout the park where the festival is held to collect donations for the local chapter of the American Red Cross.
The festival also features a number of bands, both locals and Saturday night headliners Chase Bryant and Brett Young. The concerts are free, but attendees are asked to consider pitching in what they can.
Festival Park flooded just weeks before Hurricane Matthew hit, then flooded again when the Hurricane came. By Friday stagehands were putting the final touches on lights and speakers shortly before the festival began.
Organizers also hope this and other downtown events will help boost area residents’ morale after a rough couple of weeks.