MT. VERNON — Plans for the annual Wolfstock Music Festival have been scrapped for this summer, and proceeds from last year's event have been designated to go to Relay for Life.
According to a news release from the Bob Troutt Memorial Foundation, Wolfstock will return in 2014.
"This was a very difficult decision for us to make," stated Kim Thacker, the daughter-in-law of Troutt, the festival's namesake. Troutt was often called the "Wolfman" because of his affinity for wolves. "My husband and I are both undergoing elective surgery within the next few months which would make it difficult for us to be be involved," Thacker continued.
The $1,500 donation given to Relay for Life on behalf of the Foundation was raised through the many musicians who performed at last year's Wolfstock festival, and those who attended and bought refreshments.
"We are proud of what we have accomplished as a Foundation and as a community working together in supporting art scholarships for MVTHS students and helping the American Cancer Society with this latest donation," Thacker stated. In addition to Thacker, her husband Travis, and Troutt's good friend, John Scrivner, make up the Foundation Board of Directors.
The Foundation was created in 2008 to honor the life of Troutt, who was a local artist, arborist, Green Beret veterans who served in Vietnam and mentor to "at risk" kids. Troutt painted the murals on the walls of the Jefferson County Courthouse depicting the history of Jefferson County and at the Granada Theater with another local artist, Jim Orrison.
Troutt died of pancreatic cancer in 2007.
The Wolfstock Music Festival is a yearly fundraising event for the Troutt Memorial Foundation. In the five years since its creation, the event has steadily grown in size and popularity.