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PALM HARBOR – Adult trick or treaters will be visited by a special guest at the seventh annual Halloween-themed Witchstock 2013.

The event, which brings Woodstock and Halloween together, takes place Saturday, Oct. 26, 3 p.m. to midnight, at the Witch’s Brew, 1219 Florida Ave., in downtown Palm Harbor.

According to organizer Lesley Klein, the Medical Marijuana Fairy will be present at 7 p.m. to educate attendees about a petition process for a proposed medical marijuana initiative on the 2014 ballot. Interested registered voters will have the opportunity to sign the petition.

“This year, we have the opportunity to add more of the flavor of Woodstock to the Witchstock brew,” said Klein. “Those who were the original hippies in the ’60s are still around and would appreciate the chance to peacefully make a change by signing this petition.”

Klein said the Medical Marijuana Fairy will arrive after earlier children’s activities are complete and when the event becomes more adult-oriented.

“Next year, we are planning on adding a Medical Marijuana Fairy category to the adult costume contest, since next year’s Witchstock will occur just prior to the vote,” said Klein.

Witchstock 2013 will feature three costume contests.

A pet costume contest is planned at 3:30 p.m., followed by a kids costume event at 5 p.m., and an adult costume contest with a sexiest costume category at 9 p.m.

Winners will receive customized Witchstock trophies and prizes. The adult costume contest winners will receive cash prizes of $100, $75 and $50 for first and second place, and sexiest costume.

There is no entry fee and participants are encouraged to arrive at least a half hour prior to contest to register. Applications may be downloaded from

Costumed partygoers will enjoy the musical aspect of Witchstock with performances by three musical acts. Terry Premru will fingerpick songs from The Wizard of Oz on his acoustic guitar at 3 and 4:30 p.m. Higher Tides, an acoustic male duo, will play songs from the ’60s to get folks in the Woodstock frame of mind at 6 p.m. Finally, The Defendants will rock the house from 7:30 p.m. to midnight.

The event is hosted by The Witch’s Brew, a coffee and ice cream shop in historic downtown Palm Harbor. It is co-sponsored by the Sunrise Irrigation, Celestial Circle, VPN Studios, Roberts Printing, Photos by Lil, Holistic Center for Vibrant Health and Landmark Trophies.

Everyone, from parents with small children to the family dog, is invited to the free costume-oriented event.

The Witch’s Brew, a magically-themed café offering fair-trade organic coffee, premium ice cream, and spirits (beer and wine) opened in 2007. This is the seventh Witchstock event hosted by The Witch’s Brew.

A limited number of 10-foot by 10-foot vendor spaces are available to rent for $50. Interested parties may download an application from the website
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