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Are you ready for Robin Hood?

The annual July festival is just around the corner, but there are still sponsorship opportunities available

The Sherwood Robin Hood Festival Association recently announced a number of updates regarding the annual community festival, which takes place in July.

The Association has revamped its website, so take a moment to visit www.robinhoodfestival.com and check out the new look. On the website you can download newly updated forms for participating in the parade, becoming a vendor, as well as accessing the SRHF parade route map, the festival grounds map and viewing the festival schedules for this year, which will be continually updated as performers confirm their attendance.

This year's festival parade theme is 'Once Upon a Time.' The SRHF parade judges are excited to see how you, the citizens and businesses of Sherwood, include the 'Once Upon a Time' theme in your parade entries. This year's parade Grand Marshall is the Leichner family, who own Sherwood's Pride Disposal.

For those of you who own businesses, have crafts to sell, an activity to sell to the public, food to sell, or if you are a nonprofit organization that wants to promote your entity here in Sherwood, festival organizers urge you to apply for vendor space at this year's festival. Last year, the SRHF had more than 18,000 people in attendance. Commercial, nonprofit, activity and food vendors alike are encouraged to seek booth space at the festival; availability is based on multiple criteria and is on a first come first served basis. The form to apply for booth space is found on the festival website. If you have questions about becoming a vendor please contact John Tucker at 503-625-4233.

Another way to promote your business through the Sherwood Robin Hood Festival is by becoming a sponsor. If you are interested in sponsoring the festival and having your company name in print in the Festival insert in the Gazette please contact Alice Thornton at 503-625-7554.

Also this year the Sherwood Robin Hood Festival will have something new to offer to the public: a quilt show and a doll show, along with the traditional flower show, all being held at the Sherwood Senior Center, 21907 S.W. Sherwood Blvd., exclusively on Saturday, July 19, after the parade from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Application forms to display your quilt will be available at the Sherwood Senior Center or by contacting Barbara Bowes at 503-625-9522. Quilt entries will be limited to 30, with an additional five antique quilts being displayed in a separate room. Quilts from Tualatin, Wilsonville, Newberg, Tigard, and Sherwood will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. All quilts need to be delivered to the Sherwood Senior Center on Saturday, July 19, by 9:30 a.m. and picked up no later than 4:30 p.m. the same day. The First, second, and third place People's Choice awards will be given for the best quilts, as voted on by visitors. Any fresh plant or cut flower can be entered in the flower show and entries are limited to five per person. Bring your entries in their own containers between 1 and 4 p.m. Friday, July 18, or from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday, July 19. It is best to bring fresh cut flowers on Saturday morning. Any questions about the flower show should be directed to Sally Thompson at 503-538-2774. Dolls to be entered for the doll show can be delivered from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, July 18, or 8 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday, July 19th. They must be picked up no later than 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Any questions regarding the doll show should be directed to Jenny Riser at 503-625-7209. During the show light refreshments will be available.

The Sherwood Senior Center will be one of the Robin Hood Festival shuttle bus stops so access to the quilt, doll and flower show will be easy. Due to the parade passing down Sherwood Boulevard from 9:30 a.m. to noon on the July 19. No parking lot access will be available for the Senior Center during that time.

For you teenagers out there don't forget about the Robin Hood Festival Scholarship. If you have applied for the scholarship this year, Sherwood High School will be holding the annual Honors Dessert at 7 p.m. May in the high school commons to present the scholarship to this years' recipient.