Unlike the original Woodstock back in the summer of love, 1969,
Woofstock is not a single event. It is a series of local events held
across North America. Each Woofstock is an event dedicated to raising
funds for a local shelter or rescue organization that works with dogs.
It is a day of fun and frolic for dog lovers and their pooch pals.
The events themselves take different forms, depending on the locale and the venue they have selected for their activities. Generally it is festival time with food, vendors, music and entertainment, and dog-related activities and contests.
Some places, such as Fayetteville, Arkansas, combine their Woofstock activities with a Razorbacks baseball game. On Tuesday, April 23, 2013, the Razorbacks "Hog Pen" will be transformed into the Dog Pen for the game against Oklahoma. The first 1,000 fans through the gates will receive a free travel dog bowl. Owners must register first at ArkansasRazorbacks.com. Only one dog is permitted per registered human.
On May18, 2013, Vergennes, Vermont is hosting their version of Woofstock with a canine costume contest, kids' activities, a 5k run/walk, an agility course, a doggie drag race and many other events to support the Homeward Bound Animal Welfare Center. For more information, click here.
If you are in the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania area this September you can join their huge Woofstock festival to benefit the Central Pennsylvania Animal Alliance (CPAA). This is an alliance of numerous rescue groups dedicated to creating no-kill shelters throughout central Pennsylvania though adoption, education, and extensive spay and neuter programs. They have special guests, music, fun events, food, vendors, a costume contest, a photo contest, doggie makeovers, and much more. This event looks far out, man! For more information and to stay connected with this event go to their website here.
The summer of dog love is not cornered by the U.S. June 8 and 9 will find a huge Woofstock underway in Toronto in the St. Lawrence Market Neighbourhood so that Canadians can also share in the canine love fest. This version of Woofstock even includes events like high tea, wiener dog races, a fashion show, a canine Mr. and Ms. Canada contest, stupid dog tricks, a walk-a-thon, a "running of the pugs," and an antique market. For complete info on the Toronto Woofstock, click here.
Woofstock plays Wichita, Kansas on October 5, 2013. This event includes a best dressed contest, Ruff Races, a water retrieval event, and doggie musical chairs. To support this event and the Kansas Humane Society, click here.
To find a Woofstock close to you Google Woofstock and the name of your state and/or city. Help happy dogs and their owners help those pets in need of a forever home.