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'Woofstock' entertainment lined-up

June 26, 2014

By Joseph Pratt, The Portsmouth Daily Times, Ohio

June 26--Sierra's Haven for New and Used Pets is gearing up for their first of what is expected to be an annual Woofstock fundraiser, which will be centered around music, entertainment and vendors.

The Woofstock event is being organized by Sierra's Haven Treasurer Linda Cottle. Just shy of a month, Cottle has organized and prepared for this event with the help of local artists, fellow Sierra's Haven volunteers and a network of people who want to see the local no-kill shelter succeed.

"Go find those tie-dyed t-shirts, flip flops and bell bottoms and relive the glorious days of peace, love, and harmony," read a Sierra's announcement for Woofstock. "This fun event is a fundraiser for Sierra's Haven for New and Used Pets and will feature a Poker Run, arts and craft vendors, food, bands and beer to get you in the spirit."

Cottle said that the focus of the event will be the musical performances, which have been organized by local musician Joey Ray Ferguson.

"The music will be the main thing. We're hoping people plan on coming out and staying a while," Cottle said. "I like it, because we are using all local talent and this really gives local artists a chance to be seen."

Seven acts will perform from noon to 4 p.m., including David Packard, Tom Stiverson, Dennis Uldrich, Diana Mae, Rebecca Martin, Bobby Blanton and Heather Whisman. One act will take the stage at 4 p.m., Gail Valentine and the Rose Mountain Ramblers. Poverty String Band will then take the stage at 5 p.m and will be relieved at 6:30 by Rob Husack. The day will be wrapped up starting at 7 p.m., when Joey Ray, Warren Smith, Texas Rick and Wyatt Bates conclude the musical performances.

Ferguson has been a musician in Portsmouth his whole life and enjoys any opportunity to perform or help another artist perform. Ferguson is primarily a blues performer, but says he will be playing a plethora of music at Woofstock, to provide something for everyone.

"I hope we have a good turnout and the people who love their animals show up for the cause to help out other animals who don't have homes. I know how much I care for my crazy dog. I just hope people show their love and affection for this cause," Ferguson said.

There will also be a series of vendors who will be exhibiting products and businesses. Some of them include: balloon artist Lori, Bobby Jo's Nails, the Girl Scouts of Ohio's Heartland, Mary Kay, Origami Owl, Jason Whisman with Rich Moon Products, Sugar Rush Bakery, Wicked and Sinful Pleasures and more.

They will also be serving an assortment of food products and alcohol. Beer will be available for sale, the shelter will be selling hot dogs, drinks and chips for a donation and two different vendors have promised to show up with greasy foods such as french fries, fried cheese, apple dumplings and more.

There will also be a poker run to be hosted by Stray Dawgs Motorcycle Club. Registration for the poker run is from noon to 1:30 p.m, with kick stands up at 1:45 p.m. The cost for the poker run is $10 for a single and $15 for a double. Trophies will be given for biggest club and farthest traveled.

Local artist Charlie Haskins, who recently opened his own shop on Second Street called Haskins House, donated his talent to create a painting, which will be auctioned off at the event. The painting he custom made for the shelter is called 'The Rise of the Cat Queen.'

Woofstock will take place in Tracy Park Saturday, June 28, from noon to 8 p.m.

Joseph Pratt can be reached at the Portsmouth Daily Times 740-353-3101, EXT 287, or by Twitter @JosephPratt03.


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