SIDNEY — The first Whistling Goat Music and Arts Festival, scheduled for Sept. 12 at the Shelby County Fairgrounds, is growing by leaps and bounds, according to organizers.
“Life’s a little crazy now,” said Patti Laughlin Fogt, of Port Jefferson, who designed the event to raise money for college scholarships for Shelby County teens. The festival needs volunteers to help with various projects before Sept. 12 and during the festival.
There is also a need for donations of gift baskets to raffle. For information or to donate or volunteer, call 937-538-6083.
The festival will feature two stages, with area bands and performance troupes scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. One section of the fairgrounds will be dedicated to arts and crafts activities for adults and children. They range from throwing paint balloons at a wooden goat to creating crayon drawings for hosptialized children and veterans.
Attendees will be able to decorate old bicycles and add pithy words of encouragement to a papier mache sculpture for schools.
Saints and Sinners Custom Bikes will exhibit their motorcycles and the Asphalt Matriarchs will stage a poker run, after which all motorcyclists can cruise-in for prizes.
A quilt show by area quilters, a crazy maze to maneuver through, a fashion show, a whistling contest, a goatee contest and flying (paper) goat races have been planned.
Scheduled to perform are choirs and instrumental ensembles from Fairlawn Local Schools, Sock & Buskin Players, the Dayton Dulcimer Society, the Miami County YMCA gymnastic kids and the Greater Gallilee Missionary Baptist Church gospel singers.
Bands and soloists on tap include Throne of Grace, Gary Jones, Elda Rader, bagpiper Kate Pressell, Time Bandits, Pett Crow, Dick Pretzel, Whitlock, Amanda Livingston & City of Glass, Buckeye Drive, Rebel City Wreckers, Hendy & todd Sharpe, Strategy and Funk in the Trunk.
Also at the fairgrounds that day will be the Ohio Quarter Pony Futurity Show. Whistling Goat Festival-goers also will be able to watch that competition.
For a full schedule of events and activities, see the Sept. 5 edition of the Sidney Daily News.
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