Perry Dogwood Festival cancels Sunday activities due to possibility of severe weather

The annual Dogwood Festival in Perry has canceled second-day activities due to possibility of severe weather on Sunday.

“Safety is our number one priority,” festival organizers posted on Facebook. “Thank you to all vendors, volunteers, sponsors, and attendees!”

The festival’s Hot Air Balloon Fest on Saturday night remains on schedule. The two-day annual festival includes more than 150 arts and crafts vendors and the Ultimate Air Dogs competition.

On Saturday, Houston County, Macon-Bibb County and other parts of Middle Georgia were in slight risk category for severe weather Sunday, downgraded by the National Weather Service from Friday.

However, the potential for high winds, including the possibility of brief, spinoff tornadoes still exists, the weather service reports.

“Scattered severe storms are expected beginning as early as Sunday morning, as a strong storm system moves across the state,” the weather service reports. “Damaging winds and a few tornadoes can be expected. The threat for severe weather will end Sunday evening.”