Party animals will be replaced with actual animals when B Ryder's -- the hottest hot spot in the southwest -- hosts a day of family fun Saturday to help a Bakersfield girl with astronomical dental expenses.
A petting zoo, car show, vendors and live bands will transform the sports bar and music venue during the six-hour event, all in honor of Ashley Goodall, 22. Goodall's mother, Lorrie Goodall, said her daughter is battling a rare condition called Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, or RSD, which she blames for a laundry list of dental problems.
She said insurance will not cover the procedures her daughter needs.
Ashley's 17-year-old brother, Andrew, a musician, came up with the idea for the benefit. He'll be taking the stage with rock-a-billy performer Loner Troubadour, and other bands scheduled to play are reggae trio Dub Seeds and rockers Juke Boxx.
Vendors offering women's clothing, crafts and children's apparel will line the pavement, and Bakersfield's best rides will take part in an open-entry car show. Registration is $10 through Friday and $15 the day of the show.
But what has Lorrie Goodall excited is the attraction meant for kids.
"We are going to have a petting zoo, a real petting zoo. There are going to be lots of farm animals out there, tons of furry critters. We'll see how it all fits out there in the parking lot, but it will be fun."
Mom and daughter have organized fundraisers for RSD in the past, but not like this one.
"Usually I'm like this is no big deal," Lorrie Goodall said. "We've done tons of concerts to benefit RSD, but this one is different. It's completely separate from the RSD stuff and I'm freaking out, hoping that it all comes together. ...
"She never asks for anything, never asks for any help and she's always so grateful for all of the help we get from local bands and businesses. It's time that we give back to her."