The Paducah Parks & Recreation Department is holding the fifth annual Wooftober on Saturday, October 28. The event which includes a dog costume contest will be held adjacent to the Paducah Dog Park located at Stuart Nelson Park off Park Avenue. Festivities will be from 10:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. The Dog Park will be open before and after the event to let dogs play.
Special Events Coordinator Molly Johnson says, “I invite everyone to join us at Stuart Nelson Park, adjacent to the dog park, for lots of Howl-oween fun. We have several great prizes sponsored by local restaurants and business including PAWsome Prize Packs for the winners of the costume and pumpkin carving contests.”
New this year is the Rover Fun Run/Walk, a fun 5K (3.1 miles) that uses the Greenway Trail. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. with the event at 11 a.m. There is a $5 entry fee which provides participants with a t-shirt and entry into a drawing for dinner for two at Texas Roadhouse. All of the proceeds go to local animal charities.
Also new this year is a pumpkin carving contest. Carve your best pet-themed pumpkin at home and bring it to the event. Judging will be at 1 p.m.
Beginning at 2 p.m., participants can register for the Doggie Costume Contest. There is no charge to enter. The small dog costume judging parade will be at 2:30 with the large dogs strutting around in their costumes at 3 p.m. The dogs will be divided into two categories based upon weight with 30 pounds as the dividing weight between small and large dogs. The awards ceremony will be at 3:30 p.m.
There are six chances to win in each size group. The awards are the Clowning-Around Award for the funniest costume, the Scaredy-Cat Award for the scariest costume, the Paws-itively Pup-tastic Award for the most gorgeous costume, the Top Dog Award for the best owner and dog costume combo, the Best Dog “Team” Effort Award for owners who have more than two dogs all in costume, and the Hot-dogger Award for the best overall costume.
There will be several animal rescue, educational, and service groups in attendance to provide a variety of pet-related information and services. Puppies and dogs will be available for adoption. Services available include micro-chipping, nail trimming, vaccinations, pet boarding, grooming and healthcare information.
Wooftober is a family-friendly event for all ages; however, some dogs don’t respond well to new places, children, or other animals. Please use your best judgment in determining if your pet will enjoy the event. If you are participating in Wooftober or using the dog park, please make sure to follow the Paducah Dog Park rules including the requirements to keep dogs on leashes until they are inside the dog park enclosure and to clean up after pets using the available doggie bags. Children under age 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Also, please do not bring “human” food into the Paducah Dog Park or to Wooftober.
The City of Paducah opened the Paducah Dog Park in August 2012. The park has water, fencing, shelters, gravel parking, and pet waste receptacles. The park is partitioned into two sections based upon the weight of a dog with 30 pounds as the suggested dividing weight. The Paducah Dog Park is open seven days a week during the normal hours for Stuart Nelson Park.