by Madison V. Fisler
Aug. 1, 2013. The inaugural 4 Paws Country Fair and Music Jamboree will be held on Aug. 3, 2013 at the Watauga Humane Society.
Just like with all of their previous fundraisers, all funds raised during the event will benefit the animals who reside at the Adoption Center and the many programs sponsored by the Society. Money raised will help pay for food, veterinary care, water, electricity and everything else that goes into successfully running the shelter.
“The money go towards the operations budget of the center which covers the total care of the animals,” said Jan Watson, the chairperson for the event.
At the event, there will be live music, art and craft exhibitions, food options and face painting and balloon artists for the kids.
The schedule for the life music is as follows:
- 9:20 a.m. – Brooke Hummel
- 10 a.m. – Gloria Coffey and the Old Hat Band
- 11 a.m. – The High Country Cloggers
- 11:20 a.m. – The Harris Brothers
- 12:20 p.m. – The High Country Cloggers
- 12:40 p.m. – The Native Sons
- 1:55 p.m. – Kay and Patrick Crouch
- 3:10 p.m. – The Neighbors
The gates for the event open at 9 a.m. when exhibitors will begin to showcase their crafts and artwork. Between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. ham biscuits and coffee will be on sale for breakfast, provided by Tim Knight from Knight’s on Main of Blowing Rock.
The food tent opens at 11:30 a.m. for lunch, and will feature barbecue, hot dogs, hamburgers and veggie burgers. The Humane Society will also be holding a bake sale selling homemade baked goods and jams. The boy scouts will also be on hand selling kettle corn.
“We are doing a pre sale of tickets at four different businesses,” Watson said. “At Mast Store Valle Crucis and Boone, Precision Printing, Bare Essentials Natural Market, Bare Bones and the Watauga Humane Society.”
The entire event will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Watauga Humane Society located at 312 Paws Way in Boone. Tickets are $5 each presale, and $10 at the door for adults and $5 for seniors and children. There will be free parking available at the event for all guests. A shuttle from the parking lot will also be available.
The inspiration for this event came when Jan Watson and Gilda Gordon, both of the Watauga Humane Society, attended a Valle Crucis fair, where they provided pet sitting for visitors to raise money for the Humane Society.
“We saw how everyone was having so much fun and we loved it,” Gordon said.
Even though this will be a first time event for the organization, they are still expecting a healthy turnout from their huge support base in the community.
“Since this is our first year, we are hoping to have maybe 1,000 to 1,200 people come out,” Gordon said.
This fundraiser follows the Watauga Humane Society’s wildly successful Rummage Sale, which was described as their best one yet.
Their next fundraisers will be The Poker Run on July 14, A benefit at Canyons on July 12 featuring Morgan Bernard, and The Fur Ball and Dog Jog, which will both be held on September 14.