If you’re into dogs, Riverfront Park in Harrisburg is THE place to be this Sunday.
I’m proud to have been the host of every Woofstock from the very beginning and will be there to entertain, inform, and have fun again this year.
Woofstock began in 2005 through the efforts of Pat Dravk and Michele Avery, two incredibly wonderful animal advocates, as a way to promote pet adoptions from shelters and the importance of spaying/neutering pets. Their dream of a Woodstock-like festival with music, food, rescue organizations, and of course….DOGS, came together primarily as an awareness campaign for dog owners, and eventually focused on a benefit for CPAA.
Pat and Michele spent more hours than you could possibly imagine organizing the first nine years of Woofstock, dealing with the City of Harrisburg granting access to the location along the Susquehanna River, writing letters, publicizing the event, obtaining sponsors to cover expenses (so a profit for CPAA could be optimized), soliciting bands to perform, marking the vendor and rescue organization spaces the day before Woofstock, and the hardest part…getting volunteers!
After Woofstock 2013 Pat and Michele stepped aside and turned Woofstock over to Zella Anderson (President and Founder of CPAA) and a committee of volunteers, who in turn divided up the overwhelming responsibilities for carrying on the annual festival.
Although Woofstock began as a very music-intensive event, the focus has been shifted over to animal awareness issues such as cruelty to animals, legislation to protect animals, pet owner responsibility, spaying/neutering pets, networking among rescue organizations, and fundraising for both the rescues and CPAA.
This year’s featured musical performer at Woofstock will be Brendan Biondi, a talented young man from Maryland who wrote a great tune about the unconditional love a dog has for his owner called “Song My Dog Wrote”, which he will be performing along with other original “dog” songs. Here’s a link to the video Brendan produced for his song.
In addition to Brendan, Pet Guardians Radio will be playing along with…
- K-9 demonstrations
- Rescues with adoptable animals
- Fantastic food
- CPAA’s infamous “Pet Costume Contest” (bring your dog’s costume along!)
- Doggie kissing booth
- Inflatable bounce house slide for the kids
- Low cost vaccination and microchip clinic
- Pet grooming
- Chair massages by HACC massage therapy students
- And, a wide variety of vendors with pet-related wares.
Woofstock will be held this Sunday, September 27th from 11:00 till 5:00 (Rain or Shine) along Harrisburg’s beautiful Riverfront Park.
Front Street will be closed to traffic between the Harvey Taylor Bridge and the Walnut Street Bridge.
Parking on the streets of Harrisburg is very limited. I suggest that anyone attending should park on City Island and walk across the Walnut Street Bridge to Harrisburg. If you have a family member who can’t walk that far, maybe you could drop them off in downtown Harrisburg, then park your vehicle on City Island and walk across the bridge yourself.
The attendance during this one-day FREE event the last few years has exceeded 10,000 people, and most families bring their dog along.
Your non-aggressive dog is welcome to join you at Woofstock, but he/she MUST be under your control on a short leash because it gets pretty crowded.
And if you have any “gently used” shoes you no longer need or wear, bring them along. For each pair of shoes donated at Woofstock, the CPAA receives 40 cents from WoofTrax and your shoes will go to those in need.
For more information on Woofstock, log onto: www.cpaawoofstock.com