By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
On Saturday, October 8, a day full of peace, love – and plenty of pugs will take place during the Puggerfest Pugstock festival. This righteous event will be held at Stars & Stripes Park at Lake Hefner, 7398 N. Portland, in Oklahoma City. The hippest furry celebration of the year will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The 13th annual Puggerfest is a fundraising event benefitting Homeward Bound Pug Rescue & Adoption of Oklahoma. Adult admission is $5. Kids under five and all pugs are admitted free.
“Our mission is to place pugs that have been surrendered, abandoned or abused into loving, caring forever homes,” said founder and executive director Gail Tucker.” We are an all volunteer, not for profit organization dedicated to pugs, which we frequently rescue from kill shelters. We have placed over 2500 pugs since Homeward Bound opened.”
Competitions will feature best costume, best themed costume (any theme will do) and best group costume. First, second and third place will receive a special prize bag in the individual categories.
As always, there will be a huge silent auction of pug and non-pug items with a cool “buy it now” feature. If you pay the buy it now price, you can take your item right away.
The Pugstock raffle drawing will feature lots of totally cool prizes and you don’t have to be there to win. Prizes include a 50-inch Smart TV, a Minipad,, an iPad Air, a Kindle, and a Dell laptop.
Raffle tickets cost $5 each or 6 for $25 and can be purchased at Puggerfest or in advance by emailing [email protected] or by check/money order to Homeward Bound Pug Rescue, 1702 Vanessa Drive, Norman, OK 73071.
“We have added some really hip stuff at the kid’s fun zone,” Tucker said. “Young and old alike will enjoy the toilet paper toss and kids will have fun spinning the prize wheel and playing pin the tail on the pug.”
Tasty food will be available from a variety of food trucks to satisfy the munchies. Pugstock will also have snacks, water, Gatorade and soft drinks for sale.
Special guest animal communicator Naomi McDonald will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to let you know what your pug is really thinking. Twenty-minute sessions for $25 can be booked by contacting Christine Scott at 316-258-2391 or email [email protected].
In addition, the 2016 Puggerfest t-shirts will be available for purchase at the event.
The grand finale will be the 6th annual coronation of the King and Queen of Puggerfest. King and Queen contest entry tickets can be purchased during the event.
A drawing at 3 p.m. will result in each winner receiving a gift basket with a retail value of over $300 along with a trophy. Entry tickets will be $1 or 6 for $5 and you can enter as often as you like. The coronation of the royal winners is an annual pug people pleaser.
Puggerfest is held in an area where pugs and everyone can chill out. All furry attendees must be fully vaccinated, leashed and over 4 months old. No females in heat will be allowed. A pug sitting service will be available for a $5 donation per family so human companions can roam and shop.
“Keep on truckin’ down to Puggerfest and bring your family, friends, chairs, cameras, lots of $$$ and of course, your pugs,” Tucker added. “It will be a gas.”
Homeward Bound is looking for volunteers to help with Pugstock. If interested in getting involved, sign up online.
A block of rooms has been reserved at the La Quinta Inn, 4829 Northwest Expressway, in Oklahoma City. Mention “Puggerfest” for a discounted room price of $58.50 plus tax. Request downstairs room, if needed. For details call 405-773-5575 or 1-800-642-4239.
Homeward Bound is also looking for much needed Puggerfest event sponsors. To become a sponsor, make a donation, purchase raffle tickets, or for more information, contact Gail Tucker at 405-706-1492 or at [email protected] or visit www.facebook.com/Puggerfest.