Historic Shepherdstown, WV will once again host its annual Dog Days Dog Fest the weekend of August 9-10. The event includes a wide variety of activities for pet owners and their furry friends, as well as pet lovers and offerings everyone can enjoy, running from 10 AM to 4 PM on Saturday and 11 AM to 4 PM on Sunday.
All activities in this year's Dog Days Dog Fest will be free and all are welcome to attend. As in the past, the Dog Days event will bring music, dance, drama, arts and crafts and fun of all kinds to the residents in the Eastern Panhandle. Some highlights of last year's event included a Dog Day 5K, dog training tips, a hot dog eating contest and a red carpet dog show with awards like Biggest Heart and Most Talented. Local Bistro 112 even offered hush puppies and French Poodle martinis to celebrate!
Kicking off the event on Saturday will be a local dog show, open to dogs owned by both Eastern Panhandle visitors and residents alike, as well as Border Collie sheep herding demonstrations by the Virginia Border Collie Association, other trainers and Collie owners. On Sunday, the main feature will be a "Look and Learn" show with more than 20 rare-breed dogs. Sunday's festivities will also include a presentation by widely-known trainer and author Pat Miller, operator of the Peaceable Paws Dog and Puppy Training Center in Maryland, among other dog-centered presentations.
The Dog Days Dog Fest event, though just in its second year in downtown Shepherdstown, also plans to include blessings of the dog attendees, children's arts and crafts, movies, numerous exhibits and trainer demonstrations, rescue organizations and more. Local restaurants and stores are planning to join in the August Dog Days fun by allowing dog owners to bring their pets inside and indulge in their special dog-themed food, drinks and items for sale. And as this is an event hosted in the heat of August, pools and misters will be set up so this year's dog participants can stay cool.
The Dog Fest weekend this August 9-10 is sponsored by Greensburg Bed & Biscuit, the Jefferson County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Shenandoah Veterinary Hospital, the Shepherdstown Visitors Center and the Shepherdstown Business Association.
Last year's event was such a success and this year's is set to be just as memorable— so if you have a dog, are simply a dog lover, are visiting the Eastern Panhandle or are lucky enough to call our community home, mark this summer event on your calendar and come out to support the local Shepherdstown businesses that will make this event another home run.
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