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The Boone Brick Contest held at the Boone Mall on May 25 raised about $1,800 for Watauga Humane Society. Here, contest administrator Erik Lanier stands with Ashlee Yepez, director of the Watauga Humane Society. The event was a ‘huge success,’ according to Lanier, with more than 90 entries. Some entrants take anywhere from 60 to 100 hours to assemble their creations, Lanier said. All proceeds from the contest go to the Watauga Humane Society. In 2018, the contest raised $1,203 and hosted 85 participants. The 2019 winners, listed by category and first, second and third place: Brick Masters: Aly Perez, Charlie Watson, Luke Doty Brick Stars: Lian Langley, Quinton Guido, Duncan Lindo Brick Brains: Jonathan Holloway, Taylor Ward, Luke Ramsdell Creators: Lillie Hining, Trevor Way, Batman’s Bat Cave Explorers: Gabriel Bunton, Lost Sheet, Elijah Smith Budding Bricksters: Easton Poe, Alyssa Cho and Charlie Crabtree.

Horse Rescue event at The Hotel Tavern

WEST JEFFERSON — Southern Sun Farm Sanctuary, a nonprofit horse rescue, located in the High Country, will hold its annual Fundraiser event, “Beer For My Horses … and Wine,” at The Hotel Tavern in West Jefferson from 5-7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13.

The Hotel Tavern, in its third year of hosting this family-friendly event, is a great supporter of the Sanctuary and its efforts to provide a safe, secure place for abandoned, abused or neglected equines, according to Ann Lisk of Sothern Sun Farm Sanctuary.

The sanctuary currently has equines from 11 different North Carolina counties and, in 2018, housed “refugee” horses from horse owners who were affected by Hurricane Florence and Tropical Storm Michael.

Highlights of this popular event include a live auction, a silent auction and many raffles items, as well as refreshments including “Horse” d’oeuvres, a complimentary Tea and Lemonade Cart, live music by “Those Three Guys” and a cash bar. However, the star of the event, as always, is Chief, the rescue horse, who will offer horse kisses from his famous Horse Kissing Booth for $5, according to Lisk.

All proceeds go to provide for the needs of the residents including feed, hay and proper veterinary and farrier care. There is no paid staff at the sanctuary. It is an all-volunteer effort to care for the horses, ponies and one 3-legged donkey at Southern Sun Farm, according to Lisk.

For information, contact Lisk at (336) 977-8966 or