Summer Kicks Off K9 Style at Santee’s Fido Fest
Santee’s annual dog festival is back to start the summer with a day of fun for dogs and their people
alike. Fido Fest will feature a constant series of contests and exhibitions on Saturday, June 8 from 9 am. to 1 p.m. at Town Center Community Park East, 550 Park Center Drive.
Dozens of vendors will showcase the latest and greatest in pet products and services, from dog training to doggie clothing. Along with food and vendor booths, discounted vaccinations and free microchipping will be offered to encourage responsible pet ownership. Arfs and crafts, games, and activities will keep your furry friend busy all morning with unique opportunities like a Pawcasso art project and Puptini
Prizes will be awarded to winners of a dog/owner look-a-like contest, a doggie cake walk, smallest dog, largest dog, and a best trick competition. A dog portrait artist will be available to sketch a caricature of N your best buddy.
T San Diego Flyball will set up a hurdle relay race, where swift-pawed dogs will compete for treats and bragging rights. Stage demos will include Guide Dogs for the Blind, Behavior Buddies dog training and
E the crowd-pleasing San Diego County Sheriffs Dept. K-9 unit.
E If you’re looking for a new family member, there will be dog adoption agencies at the event offering
a chance to find a best friend and provide a FUR-ever home for a dog in need. Don’t miss the Shelter Showcase, which will occur onstage at 9:30 and 10:20 a.m. Rescue organizations will introduce some of their adoptable dogs looking for a family.
“This year we are excited to feature an agility course, dog dash competition, and a hay bale mountain where your pup can showcase their athleticism,” said Bree Humphrey, Special Events Supervisor. “We’ll also have an off-leash zone with more tennis balls than the dogs will know what to do with.”
Sponsors of the event include co-host Camp Bow Wow, Waste Management, HomeFed, San Diego County Credit Union, and Allegiance Heating & Air Conditioning, FURology Pet Spaw, and Whissel Realty.
Event information is available at FidoFestSantee.com
Santee Special Events Supervisor O: (619) 258-4100 ext. 218 • Cell: (619) 792-9075 firstname.lastname@example.org