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Pickle Palooza salutes the armed forces

Published: Saturday, June 22, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

The Woodstock Chamber of Commerce and Industry serves its members in many ways. One way in which we benefit the area is by holding the annual Pickle Palooza music festival – bringing consumer dollars to Woodstock while shining a spotlight on the greatness of our community.

Pickle Palooza takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. June 29 on the grounds of Woodstock Harley-Davidson, 2050 S. Eastwood Drive, Woodstock. Parking is free. Admission is $10 at the door or $7 in advance for those 11 and up. Children 10 and under are free. To buy advanced tickets, visit www.WoodstockPicklePalooza.com.

During this year’s Pickle Palooza the Woodstock chamber is highlighting the importance of those who have served our country. Members of the Army, Marines and National Guard will be at the event. In addition, renowned vocalist Cassandra Vohs-Demann, our emcee for the event, will sing the National Anthem at 6:45 p.m. as a tribute to our troops.

Pickle Palooza has a great lineup of musical acts, featuring The University at 11:35 a.m., Spoken Four at 1:15 p.m., Hollywood Records recording artist and winner of ABC’s 2011 summer smash Karaoke Battle USA Josh Scholl at 3:30 p.m., Johnny Russler & the Beach Bum Band at 5 p.m., country band Suburban Cowboys at 7 p.m., and headliner Wedding Banned at 9 p.m.

Pickle Palooza is all about having a good time and we couldn’t think of a better way to culminate the music festival than with Wedding Banned. Their unique humor and expert musicianship will put everyone in a good mood.

Wedding Banned is a musical experience, a show, an event, and something you will not forget. Wedding Banned has become the hottest party in the Midwest. Playing your favorite hits from the ’80s, ’90s and beyond. Wedding Banned picks two members from the audience to become the “bride” and “groom” and turns every show into the ultimate wedding reception. Whether it’s the bride and groom on stage during the garter toss, or beautiful ladies from the audience rocking with the band, you can throw the rules of a traditional rock show out the window. Skip the ceremony and start the party!

In addition to great music, there will be plenty of great food on hand, with all food proceeds going to Woodstock VFW Post 5040. On the menu will be burgers, brats and hot dogs. There also will be deep-fried pickles courtesy of Main Street Pour House and gourmet sno cones courtesy of Kona Ice. Once you enter the venue you’ll be able to purchase tickets for beer, pickletinis, soda and water.

And don’t forget the pickles! Claussen Pickle/Kraft Foods, a chief sponsor of Pickle Palooza, will have a pickle booth, giving away free pickle samples to attendees all day long.

A family-friendly event, Pickle Palooza will feature plenty of games for children off all ages including Pickle Toss, Find the Pickle and Pass the Pickle. A face painter and a walking pickle character will be on hand to help keep kids entertained, and Arlene Lynes of Read Between the Lynes bookstore will be reading from a pickle-themed book titled “Pickle-Chiffon Pie” written by Jolly Rodger Bradfield at noon and 1 p.m. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. There also will be an opportunity for participation in completing a craft at the conclusion of the story.

The Woodstock Chamber of Commerce and Industry is committed to making our community an even better place with exciting events like Woodstock Pickle Palooza. Mark your calendars for June 29 and join us for an unforgettable event.

• Shari Gray is executive director of the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

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