Buy a raffle ticket to support the 10th annual Honesdale Roots & Rhythm Music & Arts Festival and you could walk home with $500 cash or a 32-inch flat screen TV or a stained glass guitar. Those are just three of eight prizes donated for this milestone year.
“We’re marking a decade this year for our all-volunteer, completely free, family-friendly festival,” says Brian Fulp, Roots & Rhythm chair. “And we want every part of our festival to reflect this historic moment. Many said it couldn’t be done, and we did it! Help us continue by buying a raffle ticket.”
The non-profit festival is supported entirely by sponsors, grants and fundraisers such as the raffle. The TV is being donated by Music and Video Express and the stained glass guitar by Joeann Knehr of Chickadee Studio in Pleasant Mount. Other prizes include a custom-designed guitar by local artist Jeff George; a four-night, five-day stay at Alice’s Cabin in Buxton, Maine; two passes to the Chase Rice concert at the Wayne County Fair in August; two flex tickets for the Wildflower Music Festival at Dorflinger-Suydam Sanctuary in White Mills; and a “shop local” basket of goodies courtesy of local businesses.
“Every year, our business community comes through and offers us fantastic prizes,” says Raffle Coordinator Ruth Dunn. “We’re really thankful to have such generous business owners in our midst.”
The festival takes place this year on Saturday, June 20th in Honesdale’s Central Park. Prize winners will be announced mid-festival (around 7pm), and ticket-holders do not have to be present to win. Raffle tickets will be sold throughout the day of the free event, but they can be purchased right now at Bold’s Garden Center, R3 Hardware, Trackside Restaurant, Apple Day Spa, Nature’s Grace and Motion Physical Therapy. Tickets are $5 each or 6 for $25.
The Kentucky Headhunters are headlining this year’s event, and they’ll be preceded by blues/gospel singer Alexis P. Suter and her band, Professor Louie & the Crowmatix (called a “tasty mix of rhythm and blues and rock”) and the soulful singer/songwriter Chrissi Poland. The bands on the main stage kick off around 1:30pm, but local bands will be playing all along Main Street in Honesdale starting at 10:30am For more information about the bands, the raffle and more at this free event, visit www.honesdalerootsandrhythm.com or check out the festival on Facebook.