Zoostock Hits Carbon County

LANSFORD, CARBON COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - Tunes and tapping feet were the theme around Zoo Halftime Sports Bar in Lansford.

"There's everything from rock to folk music," says Lisa Vavra-Hiles, organizer.

The 19th annual Zoostock returned on Labor Day. Games and raffles were also back by popular demand.

"And you can win fun prizes!" says 8-year-old Liana Jones of Summit Hill.

Visitors say it's a time to see familiar faces.

"Always running into people from my days in school," says Clayton Uhrie of McAdoo.

And of course, you can't forget the food. Volunteers are cooking up hot dogs, hamburgers and grilled pepperoni.

"It's just a great environment, great music, great people, for a great cause," says Karen Harkins of Coaldale.

Zoostock is a fundraiser. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Last year, about $15,000 dollars were raised.

"In this area we are touched by cancer, unfortuntely, in so many ways," says Vavra-Hiles.

Lisa Vavra-Hiles helps organize Zoostock. She lost several relatives to cancer, and says the event is a success if it helps just one struggling family.
 
She adds, "we've seen so many people die from that dreaded disease, and this is our little part in doing that."

Eight-year-old Liana Jones is happy towards contribute to the cause. She's also here to support her grandfather, who is performing on stage.

"I think it's really fun every year," says Liana Jones of Summit Hill.

About 1,000 people attend Zoostock each year. Volunteers also distributed educational material about cancer and the importance of health screenings.


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