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Shepherdstown to host 2nd annual Dogfest Weekend

By Staff | Jul 25, 2014

The historic town of Shepherdstown, will once again celebrate the Dog Days of Summer with its second annual “DogFest” the weekend of Aug. 9-10.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

It will include a wide variety of activities for dogs, their owners and dog lovers, as well as activities that everybody can enjoy. All activities will be free and everyone will be welcome.

Saturday’s activities will include a local dog show open to dogs owned by both visitors and residents. There will also be Border Collie sheep herding demonstrations by the Virginia Border Collie Association, and presentations by trainers and others.

The highlight of Sunday’s schedule will be a special “Look and Learn” show of more than 20 rare-breed dogs. There will also be a presentation by nationally known trainer and author Pat Miller, who operates the Peaceable Paws Dog and Puppy Training Center in nearby Maryland, and other presentations.

Both days will also include blessings of the dogs, along with children’s activities, movies, music, exhibits and demonstrations by trainers, rescue organizations and others.

Throughout the weekend, most restaurants and stores and will let dog owners bring their dogs inside. Most will also be offering special dog-themed food, drinks, and items for sale.

Pools and misters will be set up so dogs can stay cool in the August heat.

This year’s DogFest weekend is being sponsored by China Kitchen, CT Walls and Floors, Greensburg Bed & Biscuit, the Jefferson County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Shenandoah Veterinary Hospital, Shepherd University, the Shepherdstown Visitors Center, and the Shepherdstown Business Association.

A detailed schedule of the weekend’s activities is available on the Visitors Center website at www.shepherdstown.info.

For more information, contact the Center’s Director, Jan Hafer, at 304-876-2786 or SVC@shepherdstown.info.