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The Knighting Ceremony is a popular tradition of the Robin Hood Festival, which has been canceled for 2020.

COURTESY PHOTO: LISA DILLION - Maid Marian Katy Roach knights a loyal subject at a past Sherwood Robin Hood Festival. This year's knightings will still be held, but in a modified format to comply with social distancing policies.The Sherwood Robin Hood Festival is canceled, but the Sherwood Robin Hood Festival Association isn't skipping their chance to honor outstanding community members for their service to Sherwood.

The association announced that while it won't hold the traditional Knighting Ceremony, which typically goes along with the Robin Hood Festival in July, five people will be "knighted" in a small, privately held ceremony.

The honorees, as described by the association in a news release:

Sarah Hagan runs the Sherwood Real Food co-op and has been instrumental in making sure that many people in Sherwood have healthy food available during this pandemic. She coordinates orders with farmers and makes deliveries to folks who can't get out.

Jennifer Harris started the Team Sherwood coronavirus support Facebook group and it has grown to include over a thousand members. She coordinates needs for many families throughout the Sherwood area by "social sourcing," reaching out to neighbors and community members to see if someone has what someone else needs.

Rachel Schoening of Fat Milo's Family Kitchen is a very active volunteer who recently developed a gift card exchange to get grocery gift cards to the Sherwood School District's SHARE Center to help provide resources for families struggling during the COVID-19 epidemic.

Kris Sleeman and his team at Beyond Wealth Management wanted to make Sherwood kids feel special during quarantine birthdays in April. The night before a birthday, they decorated the lawn with balloons and a big "Happy Birthday" sign, and left a goody bag with a treat from a local bakery and a local company gift card.

Alex Wilson established a mini-food bank with perishable and non-perishable items in the lobby of The Hungry Hero, using his business's refrigerator to store items. He has also supplied free bag lunches to anyone in need and has held a cupcake sale with the proceeds going to local families.

The honorees will be knighted by the 2020 Maid Marian, Sherwood High School student Audrey Jeans.

"Hip Hip Huzzah for these wonderful citizens of Sherwood," the association concluded.

This year's festival was canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak. However, organizers are still holding some events of note, including the Hidden Medallion Hunt put on by the Maid Marian Court; a community food drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 18 at Veterans Park, with the theme of "Sherwood Strong"; and the annual Castle Building Contest, which will be held this year in a virtual format, challenging participants to create their own castle at home and post pictures to Facebook and Instagram.

More information and rules for these events can be found on the association's website.

By Mark Miller
Washington County Editor
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