Special Woodstock provides ‘magical’ day in Cowichan

The happiest music festival around, Special Woodstock, is back for a 15th year at Providence Farm on Aug. 17.

Special Woodstock president Michele Dixon is excited about the upcoming event, which is special in every way.

"It features many local bands, as well as people with special needs who are also exceptionally talented," she said.

It all began with one woman. "We are committed to the vision that Shelley Smiley Vaags had years ago. That dream started with creating a music festival for people of all ages and abilities.

"Together with caregivers, families and friends, everyone experiences a magical day of music, face painting, dancing with cartoon characters, and sharing the three stages with giving musicians. For some families, this is the only allday event they are able to attend, and look forward to it every year," she said.

It’s a non-profit effort. "We rely on the generous support of our long time sponsor, the Lions Club, and the local community," she said.

Dixon calls Special Woodstock "a magical time" and when you go, you will, too. Performers include many returnees.

"This is the most important festival I play every year, and I look forward to it, and would never miss it," said Wayne Montgomery of the band Montgomery County.

Look for Rick Scott, the Smiley

Band, Thor and the Thundercats, the McCandless Family, Martyn Jones, Hope King and Scott McGill, Bill Levity and more.

And, of course, there are the special performers who will be taking the stage at several times during the day. Don’t miss them.

The gates open at 10 a.m. with the fun starting at 10:30 on both the Islands stage and the Rose Garden stage until 6 p.m. Entry is by donation. Check out 2014 Special Woodstock on Facebook for all the latest updates.