Every Dog Has His Day: Winslow Park Festival Set For May 20

Last year, proceeds from the 2nd annual Dog Festival allowed the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce to donate $7,000 to area non-profits.

That’s nothing to sniff at.

This year’s event is set for Sunday, May 20. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Winslow Park will go to the dogs.

Chamber executive director Matthew Mandell calls the festival “a 3-ring circus of activities that celebrates everything dog.”

That means exciting demonstrations, goofy competitions and an obstacles course. Plus — for man’s best friend (and his kids) — food trucks and children’s activities too.

Demonstrations include police, emergency rescue and guide dogs, as well as agility and training exhibitions.

Competitions offer prizes for best tail wagger, best dressed, best kisser, best trick, best lap dog over 50 pounds, and (my favorite) the dog that most looks like its owner.

The winner of the timed obstacle course receives a year’s supply of dog food.

New this year: a non-profit pavilion sponsored by Bankwell, where adoptables will be available.

Surrounding the main activities are over 50 pet-related vendors, along with caricaturists, face painting and giveaways. WEBE 108 will broadcast live.

Just another day at Winslow Park.

Parking is available at the Westport Country Playhouse. The entrance fee is $10 per person, $25 for a family of 4.

Dogs are free.

(TAILS will once again help produce the Westport Dog Festival. Lead sponsor is Choice Pet. Other sponsors include Earth Animal and Garavel Auto Group. To register your dog for a competition or for more information, click here.)

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