73rd Annual Dogwood Festival Award Results

Parade Winners:

Duchesses: Alyssa Bailey, Mt. Belvieu; Makensie Cowart, Tyler; Lillian Joffrion, New Orleans

Princesses: Mika Maxwell, Woodville; Ashlynn Whisneant, Warren; Courtney Crain, Spurger

Commercial: Tyler County Hospital; A Pointe in Time Dance Academy; SETX Mudriders

Non-Commercial: Wee Wisdom; AC Tribal Elders; Cub Scout Pack 54

Pageant Winners:

Grand Duchess: Makensie Cowart, Tyler

Princess of Tyler County: Mika Maxwell, Woodville

Dogwood Queen – Shelby Tally, Colmesneil

James E. Wheat Award Recipients

Jenny Whitworth Lewis, Tammy Watts, & Ted Watts

Dogwood Dash

Overall Male: Paul Releford (17:54)

Overall Female: Mallory Walters (21:28)


2016 Parade Marshal – Mr. Bob Boykin

The Tyler County Dogwood Festival is pleased to announce Bob Boykin as the2016 Parade Marshal. Bob has served as festival photographer since the 1970’s. As a Tyler County native, he has a long history with the festival having participated in the play and parade activities since childhood. He began photographing festival events as a personal project while in college. In 1971, the Publications Committee began using some of his photos for the book and publicity materials. Mr. Boykin owned and operated a professional photography studio, as well as a pharmacy in Woodville and has captured countless community events and personal memories for Tyler County residents for more than 40 years. He has served the festival as a Kingsman since the early 1970’s and was awarded the James E. Wheat award in 2008. In January 2016, Bob resigned as festival photographer and sold his studio. The festival would like to thank Bob for sharing his time and talent with us for all of these years and we wish him well as he moves on to spend more time with his wife Janie, daughters Grace and Leslie, and their families.

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2016 Tyler County Dogwood Festival Princesses

Pictured left to right: Courtney Crain, daughter of Chuck and Alicia Crain (Spurger); Ashlynn Whisneant, daughter of Steve and Cathy Whisneant (Warren); Mika Maxwell, daughter of John and Tori Harris (Woodville); Jaci Davis, daughter of Wayne and Lori Davis (Chester) and Shelby Tally, daughter of JB and Rhonda Tally (Colmesneil).

Dogwood Princesses 2016

2016 Tyler County Dogwood Festival Ladies-in-Waiting

Pictured left to right: Front – Destiney Kirkindoll, daughter of Billy and Gail Snider (Colmesneil), Maddie Read, daughter of Wade and Stacy Read (Chester), Avery Tolar, daughter of Casey and Neslie Tolar (Woodville), Merrick Graham, daughter of Lester and Penny Graham (Colmesneil), and Kassondra Korthals, daughter of Rebekah Starr (Colmesneil). Back – Karley Wood, daughter of Rickey and Mandy Wood (Spurger), Peyton Scroggins, daughter of Tim and Kelli Scroggins (Woodville), Bethany Terrell, daughter of James and Relinda Terrell (Warren), Erin Seamans, daughter of Lance and Heather Seamans (Colmesneil); Ka’lynn Fregia, daughter of James and Tracy Browning (Warren); and Claire Kenesson, daughter of Jay and Elizabeth Kenesson (Woodville).

Dogwood Ladies in Waiting 2016


2016 Tyler County Dogwood Festival Children of the Court

Pictured left to right:  Kiley Winkle, daughter of Travis and Nicole Blankenship (Spurger); Gracie Bruton, daughter of Daniel and Courtney McHenry and Phillip Bruton (Colmesneil); Kelsi Risinger, daughter of John David and Mandy Risinger (Woodville); Carson Conner, son of Joseph and Lauren Conner (Woodville); Harrison Dillard, son of Robert and Kelly Dillard (Warren); Jake Risinger, son of John David and Mandy Risinger (Woodville); Allie Ogden, daughter of Scott and Lacy Ogden (Chester); and Julia Jeansonne, daughter of Fulton and Sharon Jeansonne (Woodville).

Dogwood 2016 Children of the Court

2016 Tyler County Dogwood Festival Trainbearers

Pictured left to right:  Sadie Calhoon, daughter of Donald and Melanie Calhoon (Colmesneil); Kassidy Haralson, daughter of Bryan & Tiffany Collier and Joshua & Jenny Haralson (Spurger); Mollie Kate Jarrott, daughter of Cody and Joanna Jarrott (Woodville); Kaela Hassig, daughter of Drew & Michelle Tucker and Brad & Rosy Hassig (Woodville); Virginia Boe, daughter of Kristen Elliott and Trey Boe (Warren); and Emma Grimes, daughter of Bronson and Susan Grimes (Chester).

Dogwood 2016 Trainbearers