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Pugs, poodles and people: Prepare to party at Woofstock 2018

Woofstock 2015 attracts pets and their people

The event is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Kansas Humane Society. Video by Denise Neil/Oct. 3, 2015
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The event is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Kansas Humane Society. Video by Denise Neil/Oct. 3, 2015

It’s the day that pugs, Pomeranians, Pekingese, poodles and their people look forward to every year.

Woofstock, an annual dog party and fundraiser put on by the Kansas Humane Society, returns this weekend for its 22nd installment, and as usual, it will fill Sedgwick County Park, 6501 W. 21st St., with activities for people and pets alike.

The event, which happens from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, will feature a pet costume contest, vendors, agility courses, doggie musical chairs, a kids play zone and more.

For the first time, Woofstock also will have a beer garden, and food trucks will be serving human food, too.

Woofstock is the Humane Society’s biggest fundraiser, and each year it draws around 10,000 people.

“We try to come up with new things every year,” said Ericka Goering, director of marketing and communications for the Humane Soceity. “We want people to continue to come back, and we don’t want the event to get stale. We want it to always be interesting.”

This year’s event also will have a two-mile Woofstock Walk. It starts at 8 a.m. and will be followed by a breakfast prepared by the Butler culinary students. Those who sign up for the walk get early admission to Woofstock, too.

General admission to Woofstock is $10 or $25 for VIPs, who also get a T-shirt, a tote bag and a doggy bandana. Those who want to participate in the walk pay $40 and get admission as well as a walk T-shirt, a dog leash, breakfast, a tote bag and a doggy bandana.

Children under 12 will be admitted free to Woofstock.

Admission is accepted at the gate or people can register online a http://support.kshumane.org.

Woofstock will happen rain or shine, Goering said.
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