Due to the impending threat of severe weather, the Redbud Festival originally scheduled for this weekend — April 21-22 — is being postponed.

Due to the impending threat of severe weather, the Redbud Festival originally scheduled for this weekend — April 21-22 — is being postponed.

The event was supposed to kick off today with “Redbud Night on the Bricks,” the community's second dinner on Main Street, and continue Saturday with the Redbud Festival. Unfortunately, the weather forecast does not look conducive for outdoor activities. Meteorologists are predicting severe weather including heavy rain, strong winds, possible hail, and potential for tornados.

“We are absolutely disappointed,” said SEFF President, Dell Kerbs. “We considered moving the dinner indoors, but we were advised against even doing that because it would encourage families to get out in potentially dangerous weather. We want to keep everyone safe.”

According to Visit Shawnee Inc. (VSI), the community dinner will be postponed until this summer, and be held in conjunction with Shawnee Trail Days, which is scheduled for June 17.

The festival occurs in tandem with Shawnee's monthly Block pARTy event. According to a Facebook post from the Arts at 317, the block party will go on, as slated.

“The outside activities have been cancelled due to the threat of rain ... Come on downtown for children's art, young musicians and Manchester Street Coffee. You won't melt in the rain and it's dry inside,” the post reads.

For updates about the Redbud Festival, follow VSI or Safe Events For Families (SEFF) on Facebook or check VisitShawnee.com or SEFFShawnee.org.

Also, visit the Shawnee News-Star online at news-star.com for updates.