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Dog Fest At Winslow: Such A Fine Sight To See

Fairfield has its Dogwood Festival.

The trees are pretty, sure. But they just kind of sit there.

Westport’s Dog Festival, by contrast, fills Winslow Park with action.

Dogs of all shapes and sizes enjoy an obstacle course, competitions, treats from vendors, and chances to meet other dogs from all over the area.

Their owners — all of all shapes and sizes — have an equally good time.

Up to 4,000 people were predicted to attend the event, sponsored by the Westport Weston Chamber of  Commerce. Nearly every one seemed leashed to a dog.

There’s plenty of room for all. And plenty of time: It’s on until 4 p.m.

Bow wow!

 

Owners got a chance to show their dogs how to run the obstacle course. This guy took the offer literally.

Some of the dogs at today’s festival are stuffed.

One of the Festival exhibitors is a dog photographer.

… while another offers an only-in-Westport service. (Photos/Dan Woog)

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.)

Dog Day Afternoon

Every dog has its day.

Today, they all do.

Winslow Park is filled with hundreds of pooches. Fido and Spot are there. So are Oliver, Cranium, Sparkle Plenty and all their friends.

The Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce’s 3rd annual Dog Festival draws dalmatians, beagles, poodles, greyhounds, chihuahuas, schnauzers and mutts.

There are expensively bred dogs and rescue dogs. They’re all shapes, sizes and ages.

Just like their owners.

The Dog Festival runs until 4 p.m. today.

See you at Westport’s favorite dog run!

(All photos/Dan Woog)

Life’s A Bitch. Dog Festival Postponed — Again

Once again, potential thunderstorms have forced the postponement of the 3rd annual Westport Dog Festival.

After discussions with partners, sponsors, town officials and a National Weather Service meteorologist, the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce made the difficult decision to delay the event.

First scheduled for last Sunday, then pushed back to this weekend, the new date is Sunday, June 24 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Winslow Park).

There may be only one teeny-tiny silver lining in Sunday’s clouds. The rain is supposed to end in the afternoon. That means Monday’s Memorial Day parade may not be postponed due to weather.

Which happened to it too, the past 2 years in a row.

Doggone It! Dog Festival Is Postponed

It’s not the dog days of August. But predicted unsettled weather — including possible thunderstorms — has forced postponement of Westport’s Dog Festival.

Originally scheduled for this Sunday at Winslow Park, the new date is Sunday, May 27. The time is the same: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“It’s the prudent thing to do,” said Matthew Mandell, executive director of the sponsoring Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce.

“The weather has really been tough the last few weeks. Besides, dogs don’t like thunder.”

This is the 2nd time in 3 years that the festival date was moved. The 2016 debut was postponed — yet still a great success.

Now let’s hope the 3rd time is the charm for Memorial Day. The last 2 parades were canceled, due to weather.

 

For more information about the Dog Festival go to http://www.westportwestonchamber.com/dogs

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.)

I’m Guessing The Ford Was There Before The Nissan

Spotted at Compo Acres Shopping Center, by alert “06880” reader Matt Murray:

And in case you’re wondering: No, there is not usually a parking crunch at Patriot Bank.

This was taken yesterday. It was overflow parking for the Dog Festival.

Every Dog Has Its Day

Hundreds of dogs celebrate their day today.

Seen at the 2nd annual Dog Festival at Winslow Park:

Kids and their pets…

… dogs of all types …

… dog photography …

… a canine obstacle course …

… and plenty of Winslow Park regulars, like Roger Wolfe.

The Dog Festival — sponsored by the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce — runs through 4 p.m. today. Click here for details.

It’s A Dog’s World

Turns out you can teach an old dog new tricks.

Winslow Park has always been Westport’s 32-acre, right-near-downtown park. It’s big, beautiful, hilly, wooded and — let’s face it — dull.

Sure, dogs romp. Their owners walk, throw balls and socialize. It’s a wonderful place. But not much really happens.

Last year, the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce sponsored the 1st-ever Dog Festival there.

It was the greatest thing since flea collars.

The 2nd annual Westport Dog Festival is set for Sunday, May 7 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). I can already hear Fido and Spot pawing at your door.

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

Earth Animal offers prizes for best tail wagger, best dressed, best kisser, best trick, best lap dog over 50 pounds, and dog that looks most like its owner. Judges include some very important humans: Selectmen Jim Marpe, Avi Kaner and Helen Garten, and state legislators Toni Boucher, Gail Lavielle and Jonathan Steinberg.

There’s an obstacle course too. The winner gets a year’s supply of dog food.

Surrounding the main activities will be dozens of pet-related vendors, rescue/ adoption opportunities, vet seminars, caricaturists and giveaways, plus food trucks (for humans).

Choice Pet is the lead sponsor. TAILS — the local spay/neutering group — is again partnering with the Chamber.

There’s plenty of parking at the Westport Country Playhouse. Proceeds from the entrance fee ($10 per person, $25 for a family of 4) benefit non-profit organizations. Last year, the Chamber of Commerce donated $5,000 to deserving groups.

Dog owners can register for the competitions online, or at the festival. Click here for more information.

Arf!

Roger Wolfe’s small dog enjoyed last year’s large Dog Festival.

Westport Goes To The Dogs

Hundreds of bitches took over Winslow Park today.

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They — and many other male dogs, along with their owners, masters, mistresses and assorted kids — romped across Westport’s 32-acre dog park. The draw was the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce-sponsored, 1st-ever Dog Festival.

Over 50 vendors hawked non-electric dog fences, gourmet pet food and holistic veterinary care. The Animal Control folks offered tips on hot weather.

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Selectmen Jim Marpe, Avi Kaner and Helen Garten, plus state legislators Jonathan Steinberg and Gail Lavielle, judged tail-wagging, best trick and dog-and-owner-lookalike contests.

The very competitive tag-wagging contest.

The very competitive tail-wagging contest.

The sun shined. Animals and their owners made new friends.

It was a great day to be a dog in Westport.

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