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By JAMES E. CASTO

For The State Journal

 HUNTINGTON – Arts and crafts lovers can mark the 2013 Dogwood Festival off their calendars. This year's edition of the long-running festival has been canceled.

The 43rd annual Dogwood Arts and Crafts Festival has been set for April 19-21 at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena. Now, it's been canceled, apparently because it couldn't draw a sufficient number of vendors.

In a statement released by the arena, General Manager Brian Sipe said, "We did not have enough vendors RSVP to produce the high quality show we had been producing in years past. This lead us to sit the year out and reinvent a new festival for next year.  We were sad that the festival had run its course but we will bring it back – new and refreshed."

Huntington long has been known as ‘The Dogwood City." Over the years, a number of organized campaigns have been conducted to encourage planting of the flowering trees in the community. In 1970, when organizers of a new arts and crafts festival began thinking about a name for the event, "Dogwood Festival" came quickly to mind.

Until this year's cancellation the festival had been a spring tradition in Huntington for more than four decades. During its long run, the festival has had various sponsors. In recent years, it's been produced by SMG, the private company that manages the Big Sandy Arena under a contract with the city.