Woofstock, the second mutts and music festival celebrating the love pet owners have for their dogs, is coming to Highfields on Nov. 10.
Presented by Friends of the Animal Shelter, Woofstock is an all-day festival complete with dog show classes, live music, inflatables for children, refreshments, vendors, demonstrations and more.
Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Children younger than 6 are free.
New this year is the Mutt Strut, a fundraising walk, which will begin at 9:30 a.m.
“The Mutt Strut is a great way that members of the Aiken community can support the animal shelter. We’re encouraging them to seek their own sponsors for their walk, to get donations from their friends, family, business associates, and either walk at the event with or without a dog or as a virtual walker,” said organizer Edie Hubler.
All proceeds raised from Woofstock and the Mutt Strut will benefit the Aiken County Animal Shelter.
The walk will be on the grounds at Highfields and will be lead by Toto, the dog adopted from the Aiken County Animal Shelter that stars in the Aiken Kidney Benefit’s production of “Wizard of Oz.”
Mutt Strut walkers who raise $300 or more for FOTAS will be entered into a drawing for an iPad 64GB with Wi-Fi.
Pre-registration by Oct. 10 for the Mutt Strut is encouraged. Registration forms are available online at www.fotasaiken.org. Registration will also be accepted the day of the event beginning at 9 a.m.
The registration fee is $25 per family, $10 per adult and $5 per child 12 and younger.
Following the Mutt Strut, activities in two separate show rings will continue throughout the day.
Woofstock’s dog contests begin at 11:30 a.m. with three classes – Best Kisser, Best Trick and Best Costume. Registration for the dog contests begin at 11 a.m. Contest judges include the three winners of the FOTAS kids essay contest.
In ring one, there will be “speed dating” with adoptable dogs, demonstrations by Aiken Pet Fitness and Rehabilitation and Dog Days Workshop, and open dog play. In ring two, there will be demonstrations by Palmetto Dog Club, Southern K9 Solutions, and “speed dating” with adoptable dogs.
Music will be provided by 93.9 BobFM, deejay Tony B of WKSX 92.7FM and 4 Cats in the Doghouse.
The Aiken County Animal Shelter will have on-site adoptions, as well.
Woofstock will also feature crafters, balloon animals, face painting, dog supply vendors and food from Coach T’s, Papa Russ’s BBQ, Bruster’s and The Willcox.
For more information, visit www.fotasaiken.org.