By Darla Shelden
Grab your flips flops and sunglasses and head for Puggerfest 2012 at Stars & Stripes Park at Lake Hefner, 7398 N. Portland, in Oklahoma City. ‘Puggeritaville, a Tropugal Adventure’ will wag its way into town on Saturday, September 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The 9th annual Puggerfest is open to the public and admission is $5. Children 5 years old and under are admitted free. All proceeds benefit Homeward Bound Pug Rescue and Adoption (HBPR) of Oklahoma.
Homeward Bound Pug Rescue was founded in 2003 by its Executive Director Gail Tucker. “Our theme this year is Puggeritaville, a Tropugal Adventure,” said Tucker. “Pugs will be dressed in their best tropical beachwear. We will have several contest categories including a swimsuit contest, best group and best individual costume.”
This year’s activities include, best trick, best kisser, curliest tail, and more. New to Puggerfest this year is a bonus wheel that children can spin for a chance to win special prizes.
The third annual Pug Races are back by popular demand and early sign up is recommended, as space is limited. A large silent auction will include numerous pug and dog-related items. A Kidzone will feature a coloring contest, face painting, mask decorating and bandana making. Grilled hamburgers and hotdogs will be available for purchase.
“Our mission is to place pugs that have been surrendered, abandoned or abused into loving, caring forever homes,” said Tucker. “We are an all volunteer, not for profit organization dedicated to pugs, which we frequently rescue from kill shelters. We have placed over 1500 pugs since Homeward Bound opened.”
Puggerfest 2012 will again feature Pam Case, an animal communicator who can find out ‘what your pet is really thinking’. Fifteen-minute sessions, each $20, will be scheduled prior to and on the day of Puggerfest, allowing one pug per session. Appointments are limited and can be prescheduled by visiting www.pamcase.blogspot.com.
The Puggeritaville Raffle drawing will feature several prizes that include an IPad, a Kindle Fire and an Acer laptop. You need not be present to win. Raffle tickets cost $5 each or 6 for $25 and can be purchased at the event or in advance by check or money order made out to Homeward Bound Pug Rescue, 1702 Vanessa Drive, Norman, OK 73071.
The grand finale will be the third annual coronation of the King and Queen of Puggerfest. A drawing will result in each winner receiving a gift basket with a retail value of over $250. Entry tickets will be $1 or 6 for $5 and you can enter as many times as you like.
The 2012 Puggerfest t-shirts will be available for purchase at the event for $20 ($22 for XXL) or online for an additional shipping fee of $4.00. Check the website for details.
“Puggerfest is a great way to spend the day with your family and pugs alike,” said Toni Pettigrew, HBPR volunteer. “Plan to make a day of it and bring your chairs, cameras and of course, your pugs.”
Homeward Bound Pug Rescue and Adoption of Oklahoma is an all-volunteer, 501 (c)(3) not for profit organization dedicated to the pug breed. Their purpose is to give every unwanted pug in Oklahoma and neighboring states a second chance.
The event is held in a fenced in area where pugs and everyone can play securely. All dogs attending must be fully vaccinated and leashed. No puppies under 4 months or females in heat will be allowed.
Puggerfest can only happen with the help of its many volunteers. To sign up, visit www.jotformpro.com/hbpugs/puggerfestvolunteer to be part of Puggeritaville 2012. For more information visit www.homewardboundpugs.com.