This year’s Sod Farm Festival was a tremendous success. Raising $21,000 to benefit Project Schoolhouse’s school and water system projects in Nicaragua, the event featured over 18 separate performances and was attended by over 600 people. We would like to thank all the sponsors, performers, volunteers, and attendees that made this event successful.
The Sod Farm Festival started in 2011 and has happened (almost) annually since then. Looking ahead, it will happen next year on August 19th 2017, so mark your calendars.
Tab Barker reflects on the success of this year’s event, “I’d like to thank Kim & Mary Kay Love, Hugh Force, and Miles Ponder for their combined $15,000 match AND I’d like to thank Tom & Felicia Kirven for a major gift of $10,000. Overall this summer we raised $53,240.59 towards our school, pedestrian bridge, and latrine projects currently happening in Nicaragua.”
Dr. Erin Hanke volunteered at this year’s event and is the Director of the brand new Whitney Center for the Arts at Sheridan College. “I wish I had an adequate vocabulary to describe the atmosphere there, but I don’t! It’s such a special, intimate, fun, community pride event. People are so happy to be there,“ she said of the event.
Hanke has committed to manage the event in 2017. “I want to keep people regularly informed about Project Schoolhouse and introduce new people to (the) work. We can increase ways to acquire sponsors, and grow the impact of the festival. I want people to know how far their money can really go.”
In an effort to increase collaboration between the festival and Sheridan College, Hanke has organized a project for a group of Sheridan College students to master a compilation CD of past Sod Farm Festival performances. They will take the project through the entire process of selecting songs, mastering them, designing album artwork, and producing the discs. When the CDs are finished she plans to sell them at Project Schoolhouse events with 100% proceeds impacting our work in Nicaragua.
The integrity and simplicity of the festival will remain. In her words, “All we want to do is bring in interesting music and more awareness to potential donors in the area. The community here is incredibly giving and we are all excited to be a part of the work being done through Project Schoolhouse.”
Our 2016 Sponsors
Big Horn Design Studio
Black Tooth Brewing Company
First Northern Bank of Wyoming
Green Carpet Sod
Kennon Aircraft Covers
Ptolemy Data Systems
AlphaGraphics Sheridan, Wyoming
Pony Grill and Bar
Wild West Construction
Photo: Kim Fuka, Will Craft, JT Craft, Mitch Craft, and David Craft perform at the 2016 Sod Farm Festival.