Schedule Announced For April 28-29 Shepherdstown “Dogfest”

The organizers of Shepherdstown sixth annual “DogFest” weekend have announced schedule details for the April 28-29 event. The DogFest will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday and 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday. 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, in front of the Town Hall. All of the organized activities will be free and everyone will be welcome. Saturday’s schedule will be preceded by pre-fest Fun Runs of one mile for children and their dogs and two miles for adults and dogs, sponsored by local running store Two Rivers Treads. These runs will start at 9:00 a.m. As part of the runs, a small obstacle course will be installed in the exhibit area and left there throughout Saturday for a do-it-yourself agility course for visitors and exhibitors alike. Sunday will feature sheep dog demonstrations, in which these highly intelligent dogs will display their skills at herding sheep. Sunday’s schedule will also include an afternoon community dog show open to all dogs. Both days will include blessings of the dogs; exhibits and demonstrations by trainers, rescue organizations, and others. The Dogfest is sponsored by the Shepherdstown Visitors Center; watch the Center’s website at http://www.shepherdstown.info for schedule updates. For more information, contact Marianne Davis at 304-876-2786 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Schedule for Sixth Annual Shepherdstown DogFest Weekend April 28-29

Notes: The Main Stage where most activities will be held will be in front of the Town Hall on North King Street between German and High Streets. That portion of the street will be closed to vehicle traffic. Training workshops will be held on the back lawn of McMurran Hall; this area can be entered from King Street. Details of some events may change. Check the Shepherdstown Visitor’s Center website at http://www.shepherdstown.info for the latest schedule information. During the weekend, the Visitors’ Center will have a booth on King Street to offer assistance and answer questions on site. Shepherdstown businesses that have a paw decal will allow dogs on their premises. All dogs should be leashed, vaccinated for rabies, and well behaved. Under no circumstance should anyone leave their dog in their vehicle; offenders will be prosecuted.

DogFest Schedule of Activities

Saturday, April 28

9:00 a.m. DogFest Fun Run. Starts at midway on Shepherd University Campus

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. DogFest exhibit area open

10:00 a.m. DogFest opens with thanks to sponsors. Main stage.

10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Dog Tricks Pawsitively with Kip, Harper, and Karin. Main stage. See the results of positive-method training in action as Karin and her Border Collies, Kip and Harper, perform tricks and dance moves. Then ask questions and learn how to use positive methods to train your own dog.

10:45 – 11:10 a.m. Free Training Workshop. Back Lawn of McMurran Hall. Let the experts from Greenburg Bed & Biscuit get you started in training your pups and erasing bad habits.

11:00 – 11:30 a.m. Blessing of the Dogs by Rev. GT Schramm of Trinity Episcopal Church. Main stage.

11:30 – 11:55 a.m. Free Training Workshop with Greensburg Bed & Biscuit. Back Lawn of McMurran Hall.

11:45 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. Dog Tricks Pawsitively with Kip, Harper, and Karin Fellers. Main stage

12:10 – 12:30 p.m. Meet an adoptable dog. Main stage.

12:35 – 1:00 p.m. Obedience Advice. Main Stage. Greenburg Bed & Biscuit will offer helpful advice for handling your dog.

1:30 – 1:55 p.m. Free Training Workshop with Greensburg Bed & Biscuit. Back Lawn of McMurran Hall.

1:45 – 2:10 p.m. How to handle emergencies, with Spring Mills Vet. Main stage. Learn what to do before you go to the vet if your dog is choking, bleeding or injured.

2:15 – 2:30 p.m. Dog Trick Demonstration by Greenburg Bed & Biscuit. Main stage.

2:35 – 2:50 p.m. Blue Ridge Canine Blood Bank. Main stage. Learn how a blood donation from your healthy dog can help save other dogs’ lives, and what the donation process is like.

3:00 – 3:25 p.m. Free Training Workshop with Greensburg Bed & Biscuit. Back Lawn of McMurran Hall.

Sunday, April 29

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. DogFest exhibit area open

11:00 a.m. Meet Shepherdstown’s K-9 dog, Apollo, with Officer Todd Epperly. Main stage

11:15 – 11:35 a.m. Obedience Advice. Greenburg Bed & Biscuit. Main stage.

11:40 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. Free Training Workshop with Greensburg Bed & Biscuit. Back Lawn of McMurran Hall.

Time TBD. Blessing of the Dogs by Rev. Karen Erskine-Valentine, of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. Main stage.

11:40 a.m. -12:05 p.m. Free Training Workshop with Greensburg Bed & Biscuit. Back Lawn of McMurran Hall.

11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Sheep Dog Demonstration on the Midway. Watch as Border Collies and men work as one in herding sheep into their pen. Learn how the men control the dogs, and how the dogs maintain an almost mystical control over the sheep.

12:15 – 12:40 p.m. Free Training Workshop with Greensburg Bed & Biscuit. Back Lawn of McMurran Hall.

12:30 – 12:55 p.m. Dog Trick Demonstration by Greenburg Bed & Biscuit. Main stage.

1:00 – 1:20 p.m. Dog Tricks Pawsitively with Kip, Harper, and Karin Fellers. Main stage

1:10 – 1:35 p.m. Free Training Workshop with Greensburg Bed & Biscuit. Back Lawn of McMurran Hall.

1:25 – 2:00 p.m. Sheep Dog Demonstration on the Midway.

2:15 – 2:35 p.m. Sheep Dog Demonstration on the Midway.

2:30 – 4:00 p.m. Community Dog Show. Main stage. Start practicing those tricks! Design the perfect costume to show off your dog’s cutest moments. Train the kids to show off your dog’s moves. All are welcome to participate in this Shepherdstown tradition.

3:00 – 3:25 p.m. Free Training Workshop with Greensburg Bed & Biscuit. Back Lawn of McMurran Hall.