Chester Prouty rocks out at his Wayne Stock III debut.
The North Country Hardship Fund will be rocking the Ski Bowl Park at noon Saturday, Aug. 4 with the return of its popular Wayne Stock music festival.
This year’s Wayne Stock promises 11 hours of live music, food, face painting, cab rides and benefit auctions. As always, the money will go to help families who have suffered recent tragedies in Washington, Essex, Warren, Hamilton and Saratoga counties.
Nine different acts will perform over the course of the day, featuring the best of Upstate talent. Vinnie Leddick starts off the concert at noon, followed by the Steven L. Smith Band, Donna Britton, Flipside, Road Dawgz, Groove Therapy, Decadence, Willie Playmore, and finally Cosmic Jackson. There’s no admission, and visitors can expect a SPAC-like experience as bands perform on a professional-quality stage with full concert lighting.
Food, donated by local restaurants, will be available over the course of the day. People can expect typical cookout fare: hamburgers, hot dogs, sausage and peppers, kielbasa and sauerkraut, ziti, baked beans, cupcakes and popcorn. Soda and water will also be available, though people can bring their own beverages as well.
Five auctions, plus a Harley Davidson motorcycle drawing, are going to be held between performances. There will be a silent auction that lasts through the entire event. All of the items are donated by businesses in the five counties the North Country Hardship Fund benefits. A good portion of the auctions involve rock ’n’ roll memorabilia, including an electric guitar and a signed Phish poster.
Drawing between 700 and 800 people since its inception, Wayne Stock is the North Country Hardship fund’s biggest event of the year. It’s also the event that inspired the group’s creation. Wayne Stock started as a way to help its namesake, Wayne Bukovinsky, after a devastating motorcycle accident in 2008. Inspired by the support they received from their friends and neighbors, Bukovinksy and his wife, Tammy, formed the Hardship fund to continue the tradition of helping victims of tragedy. Wayne Stock has been compared to a huge family reunion, drawing people together who haven’t spoken in years, and all in the spirit of community charity.
“If you think there’s something bad in your life, there’s someone else who’s worse,” said Wayne’s wife, Tamara Bukovinsky. “It never fails to surprise me how much people care about each other up in this neck of the woods.”
The North Country Hardship Fund has given out $37,000 to families in need since 2010. Wayne Stock alone is responsible for somewhere between $12,000 and $14,000. For more information, contact the Bukovinskys at 251-4122. You can also visit the North Country Hardship fund online via their website (www.northcountryhardshipfund.org) or on their Facebook group.