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Friday, September 24, 2010


That's right!  I said October"FETCH", because this week's "Feature Friday" is a one of the country's largest dog-centered celebrations, Fido's Festival USA, with a theme of "OctoberFETCH", taking place at the Salem County Fairgrounds in Woodstown, NJ on October 9-10, 2010 from 10am - 5pm.  This two day, dog centered, fun filled community and family event is produced by none other than our good friend Kathleen DeLuca, CMP, CSEP of Events Plus Inc.  Kathy is the founder and owner of Events Plus Inc for the past 12 years but is a 30 year event and meeting planning guru!  She is also the Immediate Past President for the International Special Events Society (ISES).

So you thought planning a single day event was tough! 
Try planning and organizing a two day festival for over 7,000 attendees, jam packed with fun and entertainment all geared around man's (and woman's) best friend.  Fido’s Festival USA is unique in that it combines a themed special event, a trade show, and a doggie conference all in a fun-filled festival atmosphere.
This dog lovers delight includes fall theme dog contests, entertainment, celebrities, health & wellness seminars, training demonstrations, family activites, vendors, sled dog demos and dock diving, a halloween parade and more!  There are also camping options at the event for those who like to "ruff" it.

Event Highlights
Well-known trainer and casting director for Animal Planet’s “Dogs 101” Dawn Wolfe will be on hand as one of the judges for the Pick-of-the-Patch Talent Contest and will be observing dogs to find new talent for her company, Pawsitively Famous Animal Actors.  In addition, The National Canine Cancer Foundation’s Lure for a Cure will be offering High Performance Lure Course racing, which is rapidly becoming an exciting sport in which dogs of all sizes and breeds can participate. Other unforgettable demonstrations include Xtreme Weather Kennels who will demonstrate and talk about what makes a sled dog team and, weather permitting, watch their dogs run; Ultimate Air Dogs professional team returns with their dock diving shows and volunteers to help new divers learn to jump in; and Camp Bow Wow will have lots of play time equipment for all dogs to enjoy during the event.

Dog rescues and shelters attend the event providing attendees with the opportunity to adopt their very own full grown dog or puppy who need a loving home.  Kathy told me last year over 15 dog shelters were involved in the event!

As Fido's Festival USA celebrates its third year, we asked Kathy what inspired her to create the event. 
"This event was created to celebrate the joy and privilege of being a lovable dog --any dog-- family, stray, or orphaned, and to acknowledge their unique gifts and talents, not just full breeds. It is the first dog-centered event to be all-inclusive to canines."
Recap & Attendees Rates
What:  Fido's Festival USA presents "OctoberFETCH"
When:  October 9-10, 2010
Time:  10am -5pm
Where:  Salem County Fairgrounds, 735 Route 40, Woodstown, NJ  (Exit 4 off I-295)
How much?: 
Advanced online tickets are $7 per person per day or $12 per person weekend pass.
Tickets at the gate are $10 per person per day or $18 per person weekend pass.
Children 12 and under and dogs are free!!

For more information about Fido's Festival USA, click here or contact one of the festival organizers:
Kathleen DeLuca, CMP, CSEP  kathy@fidosfestivalusa.com
Jackie Gordon  jackie@fidosfestivalusa.com
Andrew Fau  andrew@fidosfestivalusa.com

Hope to see you at the festival!!  No breeding papers required!  ;o)

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Have an "event"-ful weekend!

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