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Woofstock turns lucky number 13 this year! Mark your calendar for
Oct 22, 2017!
We'll takeover Bienville Square in beautiful downtown Mobile for the best dog friendly party in town! We'll have music, food, drinks and tons of fun with doggy costume contests and much more.
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How it all began...
Sometimes when you least expect it, a huge opportunity will fall right into your lap. Six years ago, that opportunity didn’t so much fall into Amanda Kramer’s lap as be tossed in front of her car. A rainy night and a drive home along the Causeway revealed an opportunity that would change her as a person.
A mangy red Chow tossed into the night from the beat-up pickup in front of her led Kramer to knock on the door of the Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) for help. Drawn to ARF initially because it was made up of dedicated women willing to give all they had to the cause, Kramer would make a connection she wouldn’t soon forget. Finding help for the Chow, whom they aptly named “Gator”, Kramer made a promise to give back to the organization that had helped her save Gator from becoming gator bait.
Woofstock, now in its eleventh year, was the brainchild of Kramer as a way to thank ARF for the assistance they provided her in saving Gator. As the name so cleverly indicates, Kramer’s desire was to create an outdoor music festival where pets and people alike could enjoy local music and a day filled with families and fun all while raising money for ARF to continue their work of helping so many animals in need.
That simple idea for a little fundraiser has now grown to a community-wide event with a projected attendance of over 7,000 this year. That’s a far cry from the simple crawfish boil Kramer first organized with the help of Dauphin Street watering hole Boo Radley’s in 2004. What once occupied a strip of sidewalk on Dauphin not even a block long now encompasses an entire city block filled with music, food and fun for all ages. With attendance each year doubling and sometimes tripling the previous years’ numbers, it was clear this is an event loved by many and enjoyed by all.
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