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DOBSON 2014: Bigger and better

Keith Strange Staff Reporter

January 20, 2014

DOBSON — Dobson recreation officials have one mantra in mind for 2014: Bigger, better and more.


According to the town’s Recreation Coordinator Rachel Pace, the town is set to continue successful events from past years while expanding offerings to bring even more people to the county seat.


“In 2014, we’re going to try to follow through with our previous events like the Spring Folly, and last year we started our monthly cruise-ins which were very well received,” she said. “In addition, we’re going to be hosting the second annual Farmer’s Festival and of course once again we’re going to hosting a Christmas parade and tree lighting event.”


Pace said that while many of the same events are going to be featured this year, some of them will be expanded.


“This year we’re going to try to build on our Spring Folly, which we’ve done for three years now,” she said, noting that previous events have brought hundreds of people to the town. “We want to try to expand it into a two-day event in the hopes of bringing more people to Dobson to stay longer.”


She noted that the planned expansion came at the behest of previous attendees.


“It has been such a success and we’ve had nothing but great responses from vendors, the community and those who attended, so we thought that expanding it to two days would only make it better,” Pace said.


This year’s Spring Folly, typically held the third weekend in April, is set for Friday and Saturday, April 11-12.


The town is also planning to host a weekly cruise-in from March through September on the downtown square, Pace said.


“While it really isn’t a town-sponsored event, the town supports it and it’s been a great success since it began,” she said.


But the event that Pace described as “the biggest recreation-related step taken by the town in a while,” will be a first for the town this year.


“We’re hoping to add a weekly farmer’s market to the recreation line-up this year,” she said. “We’re the only town in the county who doesn’t have one, and we’re in the process of working with the Cooperative Extension Service to put it together.”


Pace said town staff and its board of commissioners have been nothing but supportive of the plan.


“We’re hoping to set up a Friday morning market that will eventually be housed in the permanent shelter that will be built this year for Dobson Square Park,” she said of the park that will be located at the intersection of South Crutchfield and West Atkins streets.


The farmer’s market will get under way on Memorial Day weekend, and will be held “at a site near where the park will be,” Pace said.


“There will be only local farmers providing items for sale, and the town will be providing entertainment during the farmer’s market,” she added.


While plans are in place for many events this year, Pace said other events may be in the works.


“We would like to see two new events get started this year,” she said. “We’re thinking about some type of 5K race or bicycle event, and we also really want to follow in some of our surrounding towns’ footsteps and put together some type of event celebrating veterans.


“Whether that’s on Veteran’s Day or is held on another day is still up in the air, but we want to acknowledge the efforts and sacrifices of our veterans,” Pace added.


But for Pace, things are only going to get bigger and better.


“I think the recreation opportunities in Dobson are outstanding right now,” she gushed. “If you look where we were three years ago and where we are today, we’re doing something bigger and better every year. We’re trying to provide events the entire community can be involved in, and it can only get better from here.”


Reach Keith Strange at kstrange@civitasmedia.com or 719-1929.