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Special Woodstock 15 the biggest ever

Paul Newns, accompanied by caretaker Pam Carss, rocks to music by The McCandless Family during Sunday
Paul Newns, accompanied by caretaker Pam Carss, rocks to music by The McCandless Family during Sunday's record-breaking Special Woodstock at Providence Farm.
— image credit: Andrew Leong

Record crowds and warm sunshine made Sunday's Special Woodstock the event's biggest and best ever, organizers indicate.

The 15th-annual music and arts festival at Providence Farm, attracted some 1,400 special folks and their families to the happy event launched by Lions Club members, local businesses, and singer Shelley Smiley Vaags.

Donation proceeds help special music programs buy instruments and more.

Final figures of program proceeds and event costs were unavailable by press time, explained Special Woodstock president Michele Dixon.

"Currently we do not have finalized numbers for donations, as they come from many areas, and quoting on any numbers at this point is premature.

"Donations fund the event on a yearly basis, and will continue to do so," Dixon's email Monday to the News Leader Pictorial says.

Special Woodstock 15 heard as many bands, on the Island and Rose Garden stages, perform songs spanning rock 'n' roll to folk and country.

The site also hosted face painting, jugglers, a magician and more between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Special Woodstock has become one of the island's premiere annual events for challenged folks and their caregivers.

"It's a family affair that doesn't cost an arm and a leg to get into," said one Lions' member.

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