Thousands Expected For Springfest; Dickson Street To Close

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Thousands of people are expected to attend Springfest in Fayetteville on Saturday, as the event highlights the early spring with several events, including a 5K run and live music.

Because of the large number of participants and the events’ use of the streets, Dickson Street will be closed between Locust Street and West Avenue from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

With a dog parade, Dickson Street’s largest pub crawl and bed races, organizers said they are ready for a crowded festival that has become a tradition to celebrate the history and culture of Fayetteville.

For the bed races, competitors will push beds along the street to a finish line. Organizers said it has become a popular event each year.

“We let people race up the streets for a nice big trophy,” said Doug Allen, Springfest director. “It’s kind of fun, and it’s pretty entertaining to watch as well. Some people dress up in it, and they have a good time.”

Springfest is also dog-friendly. Canines will be able to march down Dickson Street in a parade designed especially for them.

“There will be a lot of dogs here tomorrow, and there will be a lot of things for dogs to do,” said Joe Fennel, owner of Jose’s, a bar on Dickson Street.

Springfest begins a 7 a.m. Saturday with a pancake breakfast at Jose’s. All proceeds from the festival will go toward Habitat For Humanity, organizers said.

(Click here to see the festival's schedule)