when: Sat June 9, 2007 10a-5p
what: 6th annual Paw Jam
where: Battlefield Park
Tickets $5 for humans, dogs admitted free
All proceeds benefit local, no-kill animal rescues
Contact: Barry Klingel 910-259-7549 http://www.pawjam.net
Paw Jam 2007 is a day of fun and music at Battlefield Park for dogs and their humans. Food, demonstrations, games and contests will be at your disposal all day, and there will also be live bands. Animal-friendly organizations will have booths set up with information on how you can help their causes.
This is the sixth annual PAW Jam, and the event gets bigger each year. Blues band Tommy B and the Stingers and folk-rockers L-Shape Lot have headlined each of the past events and it is anticipated that they will perform once again.
PAWS (Pets Are Worth Saving) of NC is a non-profit organization that raises money for no-kill shelters in southeastern North Carolina. Within the last year, the group has re-formed to host the event that originally inspired the organization's formation six years ago. PAWS President Barry Klingel recalled that first year as a success, but not in the anticipated sense.
The first PAW Jam, Klingel said, was planned in only three months, and was almost rained out. The stage designated for the attending bands had no roof, so there was no way to even set up due to the damage that the precipitation would cause. A few people, however, not wanting to see this event fail, rushed home, returned with friends and instruments, and played in the covered gazebo. Thanks to the impromptu performances, the inaugural PAW Jam was a hit!
Since then, the weather has been kinder, but the bands still play from the gazebo. The PAWS Board has since doubled in number, and planning for 2007 began late last year, as the attendance and participation of this year figures to trounce the original.
Tickets are only five dollars (dogs admitted free with a paying human) and all proceeds benefit local, no-kill animal rescues. To find out how you can volunteer or for more information, call 910-259-7549 or visit www.PawJam.net http://www.pawjam.net