CLEARFIELD – The fourth annual Mountain Laurel Kennel Club Pet Expo promises a day of fun and learning for pets and their people on Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Expo II in the Clearfield Driving Park.
A morning rabies clinic, a special display on dog fighting, therapy dog and Canine Good Citizen testing, Doggie Limbo, a parade of adoptable pets, Meet and Greet the Breeds, demonstrations and a vendor scavenger hunt are just some of the activities planned for the event, which draws a larger number of people and animals every year.
“One of the club’s goals is promoting the social animal lifestyle by providing animal-friendly events. People are eager for opportunities like the Pet Expo and we are thrilled to bring it to the community,” said organizer Geremy Kephart.
“We often hear how pets misbehave in public but we’ve never had an issue. Everyone is very proud and happy to be there,” she noted.
Admission is $1. Animals must be leashed or crated with appropriate current licensing and vaccinations. Dogs who need to update their rabies shots may do so at the on-site clinic from 10 a.m. to noon.
The day’s schedule includes:
10 a.m. to noon: rabies clinic sponsored by the Animal Welfare Council of the Alleghenies with Dr. John Thomas. The AWC is sponsoring registration for the expo in addition to offering the rabies clinic and a variety of educational materials. Expo attendance is not required for clinic participation.
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: remote broadcast by WOK!W and Bob Day with Harley the Lion.
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Meet and Greet the Breeds. More than a dozen so far and still adding.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dog testing. $10 for both tests. Visit this link for details and test day requirements.
Noon: obedience demonstration by students of Class Act Dog Training.
1:30 p.m.: Doggie Limbo with music and tiki torches. No fee, just fun.
2:30 p.m. Grande Finale Parade with ribbons awarded in various categories
All day: dog fighting education display and fundraiser. Patrons can help symbolically put Michael Vick behind bars.
All day: agility ring with coaches. $3 per run through.
All day: vendors, rescue groups, vendor scavenger hunt, My Best Friend Contest entries on display, photos (holiday theme available), Straw Draw, 50-50, Chinese Auction, tons of information and the Canine Café, featuring hot dogs with homemade sauerkraut, sloppy Joes and other goodies.
Entries for the My Best Friend Contest sponsored by the Mountain Laurel Kennel Club are extended to Oct. 17 and can be dropped off at Kephart Trucking between Woodland and Bigler, at the home of contest coordinator Danielle Prebe at 206 East Walnut Street, Clearfield, or at Waggin Trains Pet Supply Store, which is open until 6 p.m., on South Second Street, Clearfield, next to Curves.
The contest is for children and young people to age 18 who may draw a picture, take a photo or write an essay telling why their pets are their best friends. Ribbons will be awarded to winners in each of the 18 age groups, plus a special needs category in each age group.
The projects will be displayed at the MLKC’s annual Pet Expo, which opens at 10 a.m. on Oct. 20 in Expo II at the Clearfield Driving Park. They may be picked up at the expo after 2 p.m. on Oct. 20.
Entries must include the child’s and parent’s names, child’s age, and phone number. For more information, call Mrs. Prebe at 765-4895.
For more information, call Kephart at 345-5443.