Woofstock: Devon’s ‘kneeling’ dog festival desperate plea over Covid-19
Devon’s famous dog festival, Woofstock, will not take place this year without urgent financial support, organizers have revealed.
Founded in 2014, the award-winning event welcomes dog owners and their furry friends for a weekend of dog-themed fun in 25 acres of land near Dartmouth.
This year it was scheduled to take place from Friday August 6 to Sunday August 8 at Oldstone Farm in Blackawton.
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But cash reserves were wiped out after volunteer administrators dug into their own pockets to host a virtual event when Covid-19 struck last year.
Woofstock costs over £ 30,000 to operate and raises thousands for charity.
But with just four weeks to go to this summer’s event, they say costs this year have skyrocketed due to Covid regulations and they haven’t had enough ticket sales.
In a moving plea for help, they said, “We cannot wrap this message up. We need your help.
“We are asking everyone who has promised to buy tickets to do so before business closes on Friday, otherwise there will be no event this year.
“There will be no support for the musicians, who have been struggling for 12 months.
“There will be no support for charities, which have been struggling for 12 months.
“There will be no event. We need your help.”
Tickets start from £ 9 and are still available to purchase here for this year’s event.
Woofstock UK founders Heather and Carol Nesbitt-Bayley said after the year we’ve all had, they want this to be an exciting event on the calendar that dog owners look forward to.
They promise that if the event does not take place everyone will be reimbursed: “The directors of Woofstock UK did not receive a salary and never received a salary. These funds are used only to organize the event and to support charities. Our reservations have been erased. in 2020 with Virtual Woofstock UK 2020 being funded out of our own pocket to ensure continued support for charities.
“We continued to plan for Woofstock UK 2021 as ticket sales have always been much more open. We wanted to give everyone something to look forward to after such a terrible year. This year has brought events to their knees – including us.”
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