Robin Hood Festival seeks volunteers for 2021 event
The Sherwood Robin Hood Festival Association wants to thank all those who participated in our 2020 COVID-modified events. As the New Year begins, we are hopeful that state guidelines will allow us to host the traditional Sherwood Robin Hood Festival during the third weekend of July 2021.
We are actively planning for festival events to take place in Old Town Sherwood on July 16-17 with the International Archery Match being held on July 17-18. Vendor and sponsorship information will be available on our website in March.
For contingency purposes, September 24-25 is being held as an alternate festival date, with final determination being made in mid-May. (A letter to the editor from Ron Groeger in this edition explains the plan.)
The festival is welcoming new volunteers to join us in planning our festival events and assist in carrying out the many tasks necessary to stage a successful festival.
Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community. There are many ways to assist our committee chairs including tasks one can do at home for those people with busy schedules.
Some festival committees actively making plans include entertainment, knighting, Maid Marian, vendors, sponsorship and scholarship. Our association is in service year-round to the Sherwood community.
Each year several Sherwood residents are chosen to be honored for their service to their community.
Each person is "knighted" at the Robin Hood Festival by Maid Marian and then earns the title of "Sir" or "Lady."
The Robin Hood Festival Knighting Committee is seeking nominations for people to be honored at this year's festival. We are looking for people who are long-time volunteers in our community, outstanding citizens who go out of their way to help others, and neighbors who make our town and our world a better place. In the past, some of the knighted people have been very well-known citizens of Sherwood, and others have been folks who quietly make a positive difference to their community.
If you know of someone whom you would like to nominate, please send an email or letter with the following information: Your name, email address and phone number along with the name of the person to be nominated with an email address, mailing address and/or phone number. Also send information about the person's service to the community and why you feel this person should be selected.
It's also helpful to have this description be as full as possible so that the committee can get a sense of the extent of this person's service. Knighting nominations will be accepted until May 1.
Plans for the selection of the 2021 Maid Marian and her Senior and Junior Courts are underway.
Each year, this group of young ladies are selected to reign at the summer festival and to represent the Sherwood community throughout the year.
Application forms will be available in March on the festival's website at robinhoodfestival.org.
The new 2021 Maid Marian will be selected from those young ladies chosen to be on the Senior Court, and will be the recipient of a $500 college scholarship.
Each year, the SRHFA sponsors the James and Marie Ferry Memorial Scholarship of $500, for a graduating senior residing in the Sherwood School District who plans to attend a college or vocational school. Information and application forms for this scholarship will be available in March on the festival website and through the Sherwood High School Career Center.
All interested students are encouraged to apply—you do not need to be a student at SHS.
Applications will be accepted until May 3, 2021.
Community members are invited to join our monthly SRHFA meetings (temporarily being held via Zoom calls). Visit the website to receive a link to join.
— Submitted by the Robin Hood Festival Association
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