By Darla Shelden
“Avast me Hearties” and “Shiver me Puggers” will be the rallying cries at the 10th annual Puggerfest on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Landlubbers best be present at the pirate themed event, where X marks the spot at Stars & Stripes Park at Lake Hefner, 7398 N. Portland, in Oklahoma City.
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.
This year’s costume categories include: Best Costume, Best Pirate Themed Costume, Best Group Pirate Themed, Best Group, and new to Puggerfest, Best Pug/Owner Look-Alike.
HBPR founder and executive director Gail Tucker said, “In 2012, we had over 20 pugs entered in the Curliest Tail contest. It was hard to choose a winner, so this year we are breaking it into age categories. We will have under 2 years old group, ages 2-6 and also Sexy Sea Dog Seniors, ages 7 and over.”
“We will have a big prize bag and certificate for the winners and all age groups will receive an honorable mention too.” Tucker added.
Gangway, while pugs and their human mateys strut their stuff as they “Walk the Plank,” this year’s newest event. Participants are encouraged to sign up at the Contest tent as they arrive.
Early sign up is also recommended for the fourth annual Pug Races. The event returns by popular demand.
For little buccaneers, a Kidzone will feature bandana decorating and a Prize Wheel, where every spin’s a win.
“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 nearly 2000 pugs since Homeward Bound founded.”
Puggerfest 2013 will again feature animal communicator Pam Case. Fifteen-minute sessions, each $20, will be scheduled prior to and at Puggerfest, allowing one pug per session. Appointments can be prescheduled by contacting Trisha Clark at [email protected]
This year’s annual silent auction will include numerous pug and dog-related items. Lunch will be available for purchase.
Puggerfest’s raffle drawing will feature a new Ipad, a Flatscreen TV (approximately 50″) and a Kindle HD Fire. You need not be present to win. Raffle tickets, $5 each or 6 for $25, can be purchased at the event, in advance by check or money order made to Homeward Bound Pug Rescue, 1702 Vanessa Dr., Norman, OK 73071 or at A1 Pet Emporium on May Ave. & Britton Rd.
A-1 Emporium will also have an in-store “Spare Change for Pugs Please” donation jar to help raise money for some of HBPR’s neediest pugs.
Tickets for Puggerfest door prizes are $1 each or six for $5. Participants must be present to win.
The event grand finale will be the 4th annual coronation of the King and Queen of Puggerfest. A drawing at 3 p.m. will result in each winner receiving a gift basket valued at over $300 along with a trophy. Entry tickets are $1 or 6 for $5. Enter as often as you like.
2013 Puggerfest t-shirts can be purchased at the event or online for $25 or $28 for 2XL or 3XL sizes, in two styles – Beach Pug and Boat Pug.
“Puggerfest is a great way to spend the day with your family and pugs,” said Toni Pettigrew, HBPR volunteer. “Plan to make a day of it and bring your chairs, cameras and of course, your pugs.”
Puggerfest is held in a fenced area where pugs and their humans can play securely. All dogs attending must be fully vaccinated and over 4 months old. No females in heat allowed.
For those traveling to Puggerfest, a block of rooms has been reserved at the La Quinta Inn, Airport location, in Oklahoma City. Interested Puggerfest volunteers can sign up at jotformpro.com/hbpugs/puggerfestvolunteer.
For more information visit homewardboundpugs.com or facebook.com/HomewardBoundPugs.
Pugs Ahoy! Puggerfest sets sail for Stars and Stripes Park
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