Winslow Park This Sunday: Dog Day Afternoon (And Morning)

Last year’s Dog Festival was postponed — twice! — by rain.

Matthew Mandell — executive director of the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce, producer of the 4th annual event — has done his due diligence.

He made sure that this year’s rain fell in all of April, and continued through early this week.

Sure, there are a couple of pesky showers forecast for Sunday morning. But Mandell says they’ll clear out in time for every dog to have its day.

The Dog Festival is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Winslow Park. Fido’s favorite playground will be even more dog-gone fun on Sunday, with:

  • Exciting demonstrations (police dogs, guide dogs, agility and training)
  • Goofy competitions (best tail wagger, best dressed, best kisser, best trick, dog that most looks like its owner — all judged by state and local officials)
  • Obstacle course (fastest dog wins a year’s supply of dog food)
  • Kids’ activities (caricatures, face painting, etc.)
  • Vendors
  • Food trucks
  • Adoptables
  • Information about non-profits (including co-producer TAILS)
  • Giveaways, and more.

New this year: a Frisbee catching and agility show, with tips on how to train your dog to do those tricks too.

This guy loved last year’s Dog Festival. (Photo/Dan Woog)

Also new this year: no parking at the Westport Country Playhouse. The lot is reserved for the “In the Heights” audience.

Instead, there’s easy access via the Saugatuck Congregational Church back parking lot (after 10:30 a.m.), private lots across the Post Road (with traffic agents helping to cross), and the Senior Center’s new gravel path to the Post Road (much closer than you think).

Every day — rain or shine — Winslow Park is filled with dogs. Here’s hoping that  on Sunday — their special day — the only thing wet will be their noses.

(For more information, including how to sign up for competitions, click here.)

3 responses to “Winslow Park This Sunday: Dog Day Afternoon (And Morning)

  1. Deborah Press

    Everything does look good for Sunday except, the main area of the dog park is being reseeded and off limits to the public. Where it the event going to be held?

  2. Eileen Lavigne Flug

    Hi Dan:

    Any chance you could please run an article about the Duck Race 5K? Federica Nagar, a Staples junior, is organizing it with a group of friends who are hoping to start an Interact Club at Staples next year. Interact is the high school affiliate of Rotary, much like Key Club and Kiwanis. Federica is already very involved with Rotary at the District level, as a district Interact board member. It’s great to see high school kids get involved with Rotary, and I’m hoping she is successful with starting the new club in the fall. I think it would make a great story as well as help us promote the event.

    Thanks! Eileen

    Sent from my iPhone.

  3. Thank you Dan for sharing !
    So fun for dogs & their families … even families without dogs go!!