It has to be said: York County is going to the dogs.
“Woofstock 2008,” the county's first dog-themed festival, will be Sept. 20 at the York Recreation Complex, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. You're invited to bring your canine pal to share in the fun (but be sure to bring proof of your dog's current rabies vaccination).
The free event will include a 1K walk, dog spa, fashion show, photo contest, blessing of the dogs, vendors, music, agility course, clinics and food. There will even be an Owner/Pet Look-alike Contest.
Area veterinarians will provide microchipping and vaccinations, and there will be dogs available for adoption.
Woofstock is spearheaded by Signa Curry, the driving force behind York's Farmers Market, and Kenny Childers and Jordan Garrett, owners of pet boutique dogma and fetch.
“Being familiar with Charlotte's Bark in the Park and what a huge success they've had, it seemed like a good thing to bring to our community,” Curry said. “We're really grateful to Carolyn Leake and the Recreation Department for their support, because this is a huge undertaking.”
All Woofstock proceeds will go to Recycled Pets Rescue Shelter in Rock Hill.
“Recycled Pets is a great shelter,” Garrett said. “It's a legitimate and true rescue, and we wanted to put them in the spotlight. We'd like to make this an annual event and choose a different animal charity each year.”
To kick off Woofstock, children 3 to 12 are invited to enter the coloring contest. Pick up coloring pages at dogma and fetch, 45 N. Congress St. in York. Artwork will be displayed at the store, and the winners will be announced at Woofstock. Everyone who enters will receive a gift.
Starting in August, there will be a paw print stepping-stone decorating contest. The stones will be displayed in local businesses, then put up for auction at Woofstock.
If you'd like to be a sponsor, vendor or volunteer, e-mail email@example.com or call 803-628-1414. You also can go to www.dogmaandfetch.com for more information.
Two thermo-plastic seals have appeared on East Liberty Street in York. The medallions show a white rose with the words: “White Rose City / York County Seat.”
The white-and-green medallions, which are in the street's intersections with Roosevelt Street and Congress Street, are part of the newest phase of downtown's streetscape, said Terry Montgomery, York's public works operations manager. They are 20 feet in diameter and heat-sealed to the asphalt.