Shepherdstown’s 4th-Annual DogFest
DogFest 2016 will be held on Saturday and Sunday, May 14–15, from 10am–4pm both days. The popular event will include a wide variety of activities for dogs, their owners, dog lovers, and the general public—with all activities free and open to everyone.
The main event Saturday will be a parade of rescues showcasing adoptable dogs from a dozen different breed-specific rescue organizations and local all-breed shelters. As each dog goes on parade, a representative of the sponsoring organization will provide commentary on the animal. The organizations that specialize in specific breeds will review the breed’s history and general characteristics, its temperament, any grooming or special care needs it may have, and the kinds of people who would be happiest with it. Additionally, shelters that deal with all sorts of breeds will provide similar information about the specific dogs they have at the event.
DogFest coordinator, Marianne Davis, a Shepherdstown resident who has extensive experience with dog-rescue activities, says this parade is very unusual and perhaps unique—indicating that there is only one other community in the nation, Tampa Bay, FL, that allows rescue groups and shelters to display adoptable dogs at the same event (and the Tampa event does not include formal presentations about each breed and animal).
Other highlights on Saturday’s schedule will include a community dog show—open to dogs owned by both visitors and residents.
Sunday will feature sheepdog demonstrations with Border Collies—allowing for a great opportunity to learn how these highly intelligent dogs herd large numbers of sheep with instinct and training. Additionally, Sunday will include flyball demonstrations, free children’s movies at the Opera House, and opportunities for children to ride in carts pulled by giant, but very friendly, Newfoundland dogs.
Both days will include blessings of the dogs, exhibits and demonstrations by trainers, rescue organizations, and others, as well as children’s activities. There will also be a silent auction of goods and gift certificates donated by Shepherdstown businesses.
Throughout the weekend, many restaurants and stores and will let dog owners bring their dogs inside—with many also offering special dog-themed food, drinks, and items for sale.
DogFest is sponsored by the Shepherdstown Visitors Center (SVC); watch the Calendar here for schedule details and any changes.