Shepherdstown will hold its fifth annual "DogFest" the weekend of April 29-30.
Originally held during August, the event has been shifted to the spring the past two years to get away from the summer heat.
This year's DogFest will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. both days. It will include a wide variety of activities for dogs, their owners, dog lovers, and the general public. Most of the activities will be located on King Street, downtown. All the activities will be free and everyone will be welcome.
One of the main events will be a Saturday parade of rescue dogs that will showcase adoptable dogs from 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.
Shelters that deal with all sorts of breeds will provide similar information about the specific dogs they have brought.
DogFest coordinator Marianne Davis says this parade format offers a good opportunity to educate the public about the needs of different breeds and adoption and fostering options.
Other highlights of the weekend will include a community dog show on Sunday afternoon open to all dogs owned by both visitors and residents.
Both days will include blessings of the dogs; exhibits and demonstrations by trainers, rescue organizations, and others; and children's activities.
Throughout the weekend, many restaurants and stores will let dog owners bring their dogs inside. Many will also be offering special dog-themed food, drinks, and items for sale.
DogFest is sponsored by the Shepherdstown Visitors Center; watch the Center's website at www.shepherdstown.info for schedule details.
For more information, contact Ms. Davis at 304-876-2786 or SVC@shepherdstown.info.