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Backwoods Pondfest returning for fourth year

It takes thousands of hours to put together Backwoods Pondfest each year, said Bazzano, consisting of countless e-mails, phone calls and hammering out last-minute details. But, it's all worth it in the end, she said.

"Really, it is a lot of coordinating. Getting bands in the time slots you want them in or where they will sound and look the best is a real difficult chore," she said. "I think we changed the line-up 20 times before finalizing .... But, it helps that we have three years under our belt. Things kind of get easier and easier once to have a handle on things."

This year's festival will encourage donations to local food pantries. Bazzano said $5 will be knocked off the price of admission with the donation on a nonperishable food item. Strangers Helping Strangers, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit organization that collects and delivers nonperishable and monetary donations to food pantries nearest the venue.

"So, if you feel like giving something this summer, bring more than one can and join up on some of there raffles while you're at Backwoods Pondfest," said Bazzano. "Hopefully, we can keep the festival going and keep on giving."

Ticket for Backwoods Pondfest are available in Plattsburgh at the Great Adirondack Soup Company, Chuck Wagon, and Boire Design. Outside the city, tickets are also available at Pasquale's Restaurant in Peru, 20 Main in AuSable Forks and The Waterhole in Saranac Lake.

For more information, or to purchase tickets on-line, visit www.backwoodspondfest.com

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