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Another Festival of Dogs

By Staff | Aug 15, 2014

Many happy dogs and happy faces turned up for the second annual Dogfest event held Saturday and Sunday.

Pet owners from all over the region visited town for the two-day festival of dog-related events.

“The event itself was a tremendous success,” said Deb Tucker, one the event organizers.

Planned as part of an ongoing effort by business owners and community members to promote local tourism, organizers said events like Dogfest have long-term positive effects for the town.

“I think if we have good signature event weekends like this one… In the end run I think it’s a success,” Meredith Wait, Dogfest chair said.

With events like the annual Dog Show for the community, the Sheep Dog Demonstration, the Blessing of the Dogs, and a Fly Ball Demonstration and game for pups, organizers said Dogfest left pet owners excited and ready for more.

“They all want to come back,” Wait said.

“Boofest” is the next major event in the works for the BEST group (Better Experiences for Shepherdstown Tourists), which will be held in conjunction with Shepherdstown’s traditional Halloween activities.

Slowly recovering from the economic recession of a few years ago, BEST group members conceded that there’s no quick fix for an improved economy, though theyre hopeful.

“I have noted in the last month that there’s only one empty storefront, but there’s no magic bullet,” Jan Hafer, director of the Shepherdstown Visitors Center said.

Organizers said Dogfest’s success is just one example of a generally positive forecast for Shepherdstown’s downtown.

“Theres a lot of people working to do a lot of things and its paying off,” Wait said.

Wait and Hafer noted things like the Canal Town partnership sponsored biking events, annual events like CATF, local historical tours, and Ferry Hill’s opening among other things, as contributing to a brighter future for Shepherdstown.

“All of these things add to a broader band of support for what were doing in Shepherdstown,” Wait said.

The BEST group will soon meet to begin preparations for “Boofest.”

Tucker said the group is seeking interested volunteers to help plan the spooky series of events.

To find out more contact the Shepherdstown Visitors Center at 304-876-2786.