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Second Woodstock Family Picnic packs park

by: David F. Ashton, A walkway through Woodstock Park turned into a festival center, featuring booths set up by area restaurants, merchants, service businesses, and community service groups.

In 2005, neighbors in Woodstock were disappointed because the annual 'Woodstock Festival' street fair didn't take place.

'Our neighborhood association decided we wanted to do something,' said Ruthann Bedenkop, chair of last year's event, and volunteer this year. 'So, we created the Woodstock Family Picnic.'

Even though this year's revived Woodstock Festival was a success in July, the second annual Woodstock Family Picnic in August was 'even better than last year. We had the same number of booths, and great attendance,' Bedenkop said.

Folks who came to the park were treated to old-fashioned fun -- like a cakewalk, martial arts demonstrations, and a whole day of great live music.

'The Woodstock Neighborhood Association feels it is important for people to come out and meet one another. Also, as an association, we want to give back to the community,' Bedenkop explained. 'Working with lots of volunteers and businesses, together, we've created an event of which we're all proud.'

The estimated attendance for the August 19th event was pegged at 1,000. 'Watch for our date next year,' Bedenkop concluded, 'We definitely want to do it again in 2007!'