Woofaroo Pet Festival, despite opening on a blistering hot day last Saturday, is being hailed by the event organizers another success for the seventh year in a row. The festival took place in Amherstburg at the Libro Community Complex on July 20 and 21.
In a Facebook post organizers said, “in spite of the scorching heat, the threat of rain and the overnight destruction of the festival grounds not once but twice – Woofa~Roo Pet Fest was an incredible success again this year!”
“Woofa~Roo continues to inspire healthy animal ownership while enabling animal lovers to come together and share a special bond.”
The event included specialty vendors, artisans, live music, pony rides, charity contests, dock diving dogs, dash hound races, and workshops. The Border City Barkers Dog Agility Show is always a favourite among attendees each year. The group recently lost member Nicole St. Onge who passed away suddenly early last month. Before the show the barkers paid tribute to Nicole. In a Facebook post they said, “Nicole always had Izzy, her little white dog, decked out in purple ears and purple tail so we wore purple ribbons and some of our dogs were sporting purple too.” Nicole was also the owner of Candid K Nines Treats and was a vendor at Woofaroo each year. Eyes On Windsor misses Nicole who was always smiling and took the time to chat with us each year. We offer our condolences to Nicole’s family and friends.
Saturday’s attendance was lower than in previous years. Despite the heat those who attended enjoyed lots of fun. When the heat was too much to handle people went inside to enjoy the indoor portion of the event inside the air conditioned Libro Community Complex. Outside small swimming pools were available for dogs to cool off in.
Some dogs, who love to run, jump, and swim, enjoyed cooling off when they participated in the wildly popular Dock Diving Dogs portion of the festival. Spectators gathered around a swimming pool, sitting in bleachers, as they watched to see how far the dogs can leap. The event, hosted by Ontario Dock Dogs, was a big splash, as it is each year. Dogs of all breeds and mixes were welcome to participate.
Kongo, a parrot from the Chatham-Kent Parrot Club enjoys Sarah Parks Horsemanship Pony Rides. Each year Kongo stops by for an annual trot around the grounds. Afterwards, he even spoke saying, “Thank you.” Indoors, festival attendees enjoyed meeting, holding, and having photo ops with the parrots.
Food vendors and live music was part of the outdoor area. One of the entertainers included independent award winning singer songwriter Martene Clayton performing in a duo with the talented Quinn Pickersgill on acoustic guitar.
In addition, this year’s Face of Woofa-Roo 2020 contest, determined by online public voting hosted by the Windsor Star, was a beautiful Bernese Mountain Dog named Toby. Toby will be the ambassador for next year’s festival.
For more information about the festival visit http://www.woofaroo.com