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SFF to raffle off Thompson guitar at Big Ponderoo

Sisters Folk Festival (SFF) will raffle a Thompson “Big Ponderoo” guitar in a fundraiser to support SFF’s cultural education outreach and programming in Central Oregon.

Sisters-based, nationally renowned Preston Thompson Guitars has donated a dreadnought guitar for the organization to raffle off. The raffle will be conducted in tandem with the inaugural Big Ponderoo music festival happening Friday, June 24 and Saturday, June 25 in Sisters.

The handcrafted guitar features a mahogany back and sides, an Adirondack spruce top, and a custom pinecone inlay by Thompson artist Simon Haycraft on the headstock in honor of the festival’s namesake — the ponderosa pine.

Only 400 raffle entries will be sold at $25 each. Tickets can be purchased online on Wednesday, May 3, at or in person at the SFF office (204 W. Adams Ave., Ste. 101) or at the merch tent during the festival, until sold out.

The winner will be drawn on Sunday, June 25 from the Sisters Art Works stage. Winner need not be present to win and the guitar can be shipped anywhere in the U.S.

The Big Ponderoo festival features bluegrass and Americana music on two stages in downtown Sisters: Sisters Art Works and the Three Creeks Brewing production facility.

The lineup includes The War and Treaty, The Travelin’ McCourys, The Lone Bellow, The Lil’ Smokies, Corb Lund, Dustbowl Revival, Margo Cilker, Twisted Pine, Jon Stickley Trio, Mile Twelve, The Last Revel, Never Come Down, Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs, FY5, Honey Don’t, and Skillethead.

Weekend passes and single-day tickets are available for purchase at http://www.bigpond Be sure to follow @BigPonderoo on Instagram and Facebook for updates and additional information.


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