Monday, September 15, 2014

NewfStock 2014 Wrap-Up

What a weekend!

Thank you to all of our amazing volunteers who worked so hard to pull off this fabulous event, and thanks also to our incredible supporters who came out and made the whole weekend a huge success.

The weather was lousy but that didn't dampen the spirits of our amazing supporters and friends.  
We are thrilled to announce that NewfStock 2014 brought in $26,500 for Newf Friends!!!! 

We are working on collecting photos and will add more to this post as we receive them.
The Friday swim date was well attended and as always was loads of fun for all.  The group hike on Sunday was also well attended and the gang had a fun time out at Vance Park.

Photo by Wayne Allen

The main event on Saturday was packed with demos and seminars,  vendors, our merchandise, raffle and auction booths and so much more.  The pouring rain resulted in some cancelled demonstrations, games and activities, but a fun time was still had by all.

photo by Kim Facey

photo by Ferghus & Co

Even in the cold, damp weather, the homemade lemonade tasted deeeeeeelicious!  Thank you Ty and Riley for another awesome fundraiser!  You two boys are an inspiration to us all!

Ferghus & Co
 A few Newfs and their owners braved the rain and hit the awesome course provided by Ferghus & Co.  Thank you Erica and Andrew for the fabulous course!

Ferghus & Co

Games, games and more games!  Hot-dog bobbing in the rain - why not?  Everyone was already wet anyway!

photo by Kim Facey
Joan Fisher's carting demo was superb as always.  Thank you Joan for once again doing a great job.

photo by Ferghus & Co
The kissing booth was THE place to be, everyone had a great time.  One of our MC's Michael Scott is seen here getting some love from Sisko.

 WILMA! Naturally Wilma the Bloodhound (below) had to pucker up and get in on the fun!   It was no surprise when Wilma won the prize for longest ears!
photo by Ferghus & Co

photo by Wayne Allen
The park was rockin' to the tunes by Work'n Dawgs -- what a GREAT performance they put on!  Thank you to Geoff Webber and Bill Black for donating their time, talent and sound system for our event.

Mike and Ashleigh did a fantastic job as MCs, keeping the day running on time, pumping up the crowd in the pouring rain, telling us some hilarious jokes, and entertaining the park. Thank you both for keeping us laughing all day long!

Ash cheers on Muckle and family as they take the stage to accept the prize for Muckle being the tallest dog at NewfStock!

Kaila Abele is keeping warm during her grooming seminar.  Thank you Kaila for the great seminar!  Kaila's handout is available for download here.

Thank you also goes out to Dr. Kim Facey of Apsley Veterinary Services for her excellent first aid seminar, Dr. Janice Selinger from Bridle Trail Veterinary Clinic for her seminars on Skin Health and Ortho issues, and Al and Lynda McFadden from Jalynn Kennels for their seminar on health clearances.

 Visitors came from near and far.  The prize for the person who traveled the farthest went to Hannah Warren who drove up from Maine to join in on the fun!  Hannah arrived on Thursday and helped with a bunch of the prep for NewfStock and brought some fabulous donations from her bakery.  Visitors also joined us from New Jersey, Connecticut, Quebec and all across Ontario from the South Western part of the province up to Sault St Marie.

All of our visitors were generous and supportive, and the merchandise, auction and raffle booths were busy all day long.  Thank you to all of our donors who sent AMAZING raffle and auction items. We had stunning artwork, quilts, blankets, gift sets, glasswork, pottery and more.  Our custom merchandise will be available for purchase through our online store later this week.

The rescue parade was wet but cheerful as we were all singing in the rain!  The Bergsma family took the prize for bringing in the most pledges, over $3200!  Way to go!    Thank you to everyone who sponsored our parade!

 Thanks to everyone for another successful event, and a special thank you to the fifty volunteers who put this whole weekend together, traveled far distances to help out and work so hard to help Newfs in need across Ontario.

Great job everyone!


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Itinerary - Main Event, Sept 13

NewfStock 2014, Saturday Itinerary

Time Scheduled Activity Scheduled Activity: Games Scheduled Activity:Meet The Newfs Ongoing throughout day
Information Booth opens
Drop off your pledge forms and all of the pledges you collected
Book your times for Photoshoot, carting aptitude testing

Pick up welcome packages

10 Main Stage: Our MCs welcome everyone and give general info
2014 Calendar Photo Shoot: $5 prebook time at information booth

Cart Aptitude Testing: $
Prebook 1/2 hour session at information booth

Merchandise Booth open all day
Penny Raffle open until 4 pm
Silent Auction bidding open until 4 pm
HART Booth open all day
Food Vendor open all day
Meet COR and NDCC available all day
Service dogs
Vendors open all day
1015 Parade led by Rescues
Music begins when parade ends
12 - 3 Work'n Dawgs will be performing
11 Skin health Seminar : Dr. Janice Selinger Games with the team from Ferghus & Co!
Hot Dog Bobbing

Egg Race
Musical Chairs
Obstacle Courses
Kissing booth
and more!

Rally-O course With Caroline, Carole and Tami opens at 1230 after the demo!
Dozer ,Hope and Savannah
1130 Grooming Seminar: Kaila Tank
12 Rally-O Demo: Caroline, Carole, Tami Bowser, River
1230 Understanding Health Clearances: Lynda and Al Boots, Rufus and Sandora
1 On Land Water Demo :Joan Fisher Cassie, Buddy
130 Ortho Issues Seminar: Dr Janice Selinger Snickers, Maggie, Kera
2 Carting Demo with Joan Fisher Mimi, Sam
230 First Aid Seminar Dr. Kim Facey Molly, Eddie, Panda
3 Weight Loss Seminar with Allison Sabo Mackenzie
330 Main Stage:
Oldest Newf, tallest dog, longest ears, shortest dog

4 Silent Auction and Penny Raffle Close
Draws are held
Prize for collecting most pledges
Prize for person who travelled the farthest


5 Event Closes – take down tents
Set up a tent at the hotel

Advance Bidding for Auction Items Now Open!

Those of you who are not able to attend NewfStock in persons are still able to bid on some of our auction items.  We've uploaded those items which can be shipped safely and are accepting advance bids now.  Visit this link for all of the details!
Happy bidding!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Just a few more days!

Hooray!  The big event is just a few days away, we can't wait to see everyone!

You still have a few days to get out there and collect pledges for the parade, extra pledge forms can be downloaded from the NewfStock site.  Who will win the prize for collecting the most pledges this year, maybe you???
Here are some important things to remember to help you get the most out of your weekend.
Directions and maps are posted on this site here.

Important times:
Swim Date Diamond Lake Beach 2 - 330
Tent set up Millennium Park 430 - 6
Pizza party 630 (after tents are up)
Main event Millennium Park 10am - 5pm (full itinerary will be posted on the website by Wednesday)
Saturday evening social at the Best Western hotel -- outdoors, look for the tent - 730 pm until the wee hours.
Group hike  Vance Park 11 am
Swim date/picnic lunch (bring your own lunch) Diamond Lake  1 pm

Remember to bring a chair to sit on at the main event! 

Bring cash to spend at the event -- there will be vendors, our massive merchandise booth with a bunch of new products, and there will be amazing penny raffle and silent auction items. 
The weather forecast is looking pretty good -- cool, but sunny, perfect for the dogs.  Bring some warm clothing - Saturday evening our newf social will be outdoors at the hotel under a tent so that we can all have our dogs with us -- the overnight temp is expected to be 3 degrees C (37 degrees to our US friends) so bring a hat, mitts, warm jacket and scarf. Your newf is going to be sooooo happy with these cool temps!  BYOB.  There will be a karaoke machine, so warm up your vocal cords (and maybe bring some earplugs).  LOL!

Those of you coming up from south of the border, remember to pack your passport and proof of vaccines for your dog. 
Safe travels everyone, we'll see you in a few days!