The 2nd Annual Birch Bay Music Festival is presenting SnipFest 2, featuring nine musical groups, including Reverend JD and the Blackout, and stand-up comedian Lisa Meyers.
The festival will take place Saturday, August 4 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the corner of Alderson Road and Birch Bay Drive.
There will be a beer and wine garden, more than 42 arts and crafts and food vendors, train rides for children and Camelot Ranch alpacas for petting. There will be K-9 demos by law enforcement agencies at 12:15 p.m. and 12:45 p.m., and special guest speakers Sheriff Elfo at noon and Whatcom County Council member Barbara Brenner at 12:30 p.m.
SnipFest 2 is free to attend and will raise money for WeSNIP (Whatcom Education Spay and Neuter Impact Program), a free to low-cost program to neuter and spay dogs and cats. Since WeSNIP was created, there has been a significant decline in unwanted cats and dogs in the county. In fact, last year, the Whatcom Humane Society euthanized 75 percent fewer cats and 100 percent fewer dogs.
The group hopes to raise $7,000 this year, said Bay Café owner Tammy Pearce, who is organizing the event.
In addition to a silent auction, a professional series Cronk guitar and a custom deer leather strap valued at $2,150 will be raffled off at 8 p.m.; raffle tickets are $2 each and can be purchased before the event at Bay Café or at the booth during the festival.
T-shirts are available for $20, nail trimming will be provided by Dirty Dog Wash, and Janell Summer Photography will offer pet photographs. Bay Café and the
C Shop, who are also hosting the event, will donate 10 percent of their proceeds for the day to WeSNIP, Pearce said.
For more information, to donate money or a silent auction item or to participate, visit birchbaymusicfestival.com or call 360/371-5409.