News Release

2016 Dogwood Festival honorary chairs announced

LEWISTON, Idaho – The 32nd Annual Dogwood Festival of the Lewis-Clark Valley, coordinated by the Lewis-Clark State College Continuing Education and Community Events Department, has announced this year’s honorary chairs and ambassadors.

The 2016 Dogwood Festival honorary chairs are landscape architect Don Brigham and Port of Clarkston Manager Wanda Keefer. The husband-wife duo were nominated by last year’s honorary chairs, Bill Hall and Sharon Taylor Hall.

Brigham was a part of the original Dogwood Festival Planning Committee in 1984, designing the first Dogwood Festival logo, and continues to be active on the committee. For the last 35 years, Brigham’s award-winning landscape architecture firm has operated out of the LC Valley, and for 30 years he has served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Idaho.

Keefer has managed the Port of Clarkston for the past 10 years and prior to this she served as executive director of the Community and Economic Development Association (CEDA). She is a certified public accountant and over the years has worked as an auditor and special projects manager.

Dogwood Festival ambassadors include Bob and Jodi Donaldson, Bill Hall and Sharon Taylor Hall, Colleen Mahoney, Kim Mitchell, Darcy Nelly, Renee Olsen, Kirk and Kristy Stedman, and Mike Tatko.

Ambassadors are tasked with promoting the festival and its month-long list of events. They also serve as representatives for the Friends of the Festival Campaign which supports the Dogwood Festival’s marketing efforts throughout the Pacific Northwest.

This year’s T-shirt and poster design, a central part of the marketing campaign, has been released and it features the second edition of a three-year design series by Pullman artist Cori Dantini. Dantini was commissioned by the Dogwood Festival Committee in 2015 to create a three-part series in her signature style, incorporating elements of a Dogwood blossom and the Yellow Finch. Limited edition T-shirts will be on sale soon.

The 32nd Annual Dogwood Festival of the Lewis-Clark Valley is an annual celebration of arts, culture, and community during the month of April. The festival is coordinated through the work of community volunteers and administered by the offices of LCSC Continuing Education and Community Events. For more information call 208-792-2447.