SnipFest promises doggone good time

Published on Wed, Aug 3, 2011
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Tammy Pearce is dedicated to helping “unwanted, unloved and abused” animals.

The owner of the Bay Café has created the Birch Bay Music Festival, which is sponsoring SnipFest, a day-long festival on Saturday, August 6 to benefit WeSnip: the Whatcom Education, Spay and Neuter Program.

The first in what Pearce hopes to be an annual fundraising event, SnipFest features live music, arts and crafts vendors, food from the Bay Café and the C Shop, a beer garden and a silent auction.

Pearce has a variety of musical talent lined up, featuring all genres of music from Bear Cove’s blues and Kit Nelson’s folk to Kong’s classic rock. The music starts at 11 a.m. and also features Rebekah Ann Curtis, Pawnbroker, Jenni Potts, Patsy Thompson, Olio, Brittany Myers and James Higgins and the Muddy Boots. Specific times are listed on Birch Bay Music Festival’s website. All musicians are donating their time to the fundraiser.

More than 20 arts and crafts vendors will be there, including Aldrich Farms, Cronk Guitars and the local farmers market folks.
Pearce also has a silent auction scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. More than 35 items have been donated so far, including dinner for two at the Silver Reef, Birch Bay Waterslide passes, two nights at the Sandcastle Resort and a ride-along with the Whatcom County Sheriff’s K9 unit. The Border Patrol’s K9 unit will be on hand, with a demonstration at 10 a.m.

Pearce hopes to raise at least $5,000 for WeSnip, and is accepting donations or items for the silent auction. In the past year, WeSnip has neutered or spayed 7,400 animals at no or low cost. Because of its efforts, there’s been a remarkable decrease in euthanized animals: 50% in cats, 24% in puppies and 34% in kittens.

WeSnip relies on fundraising events to allow it to continue to provide these needed services.

SnipFest runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and will be held at the corner of Alderson Road and Birch Bay Drive, between Bay Café and the C Shop. For more info, contact Pearce at 360/371-5409 or visit