Every September, there are so many pet-related events in Massachusetts, heck, in Worcester County alone, that you could spend every weekend going somewhere with your dog or picking up cool things for your cat, bird or ferret! Not to mention horses, cows… you get the idea.
For starters, the Spencer Fair is still going on today and tomorrow at Spencer Fairgrounds, just off Route 9 in Spencer. Kids under 7 are free, 7-12 year-olds pay just $6 (so do senior citizens over 62!), and everyone else pays ten bucks. Great family fun at one of the oldest and largest fairs in Massachusetts.
Next weekend, September 7, 8, and 9, is Windmill Weekend in Eastham on Cape Cod. The Eastham Dog Owners Association will have its booth set up and many items are raffled off, and there’s a sand art contest, road race, chowder contest, and more. Food, art, music and all kinds of activities abound. For more information, check out Eastham Windmill Weekend’s web site at http://www.easthamwindmillweekend.com/highlights.html The highlight of Windmill Weekend is the parade, which kicks off at 1 pm on Sunday at Route 6 and Old Orchard Road (right next to Arnold’s).
Don’t feel like venturing quite so far? Not a problem. Right here in Worcester at Quinsigamond Community College on Sunday, September 9th is the 13th annual Pet Rock Festival. This year features Jon Pousette-Dart as the musical headliner. Dozens of shelters, rescue groups and animal welfare organizations will be exhibited at PetRock. (Be sure to stop by Fairy DogParents’ booth to see yours truly!) All of the organizations present welcome donations, and many offer prizes and swag with proceeds going to their organization. For more info on PetRock, check their web site: http://petrockfest.org/
A week later, September 15th and 16th there are even more opportunities for pet-related fun. The 2012 New England Pet Expo is Saturday, September 15th from 10 am – 6 pm at Aleppo Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington. Admission and parking are free and your pet is welcome (on a fixed lead with proof of vaccination). Special guest “Shorty” Rossi from Animal Planet’s “Pit Boss” will be at the New England Pet Expo, along with his dog Hercules. Again, many organizations mentioned above in PetRock (in fact, some of them the same ones) will be exhibiting at Pet Expo. “Always indoors, always free, pets always welcome” is their motto. This expo is huge, so if you’re bringing your pet be prepared for a lot of walking and make sure your pet is comfortable in large crowds. Always pick up after your pet, and make sure he/she has plenty of water to drink (pit stops are set up throughout the venue). To find out more, click here: http://www.newenglandpetexpo.com/
Closer to home, Second Chance Animal Shelter and Second Chance Pet Wellness and Educational Center in the Brookfields have a busy weekend planned for September 15th and 16th. Starting on Saturday, September 15th at the Wellness and Education Center in North Brookfield at 9:30 a.m. is the Critter’s Second Chance Poker Run. This is a 72.8-mile motorcyle ride sponsored by the Wellness Center. Riders pay $20 and passengers $15. Cost includes a cookout from 12 noon to 2 pm. You don’t need to be a biker to join in the fun, come to the cookout only! (but you have to purchase your $15 tickets in advance if you’re doing cookout only). You can purchase cookout tickets online by clicking the “Donate” button on Second Chance’s web site. Registration for those riding begins at 9:30 at the Wellness Center 372 N. Main St, North Brookfield. Check out Second Chance’s events page for details: http://www.secondchanceanimals.org/events.htm
But Second Chance’s busy fundraising weekend will only have just begun! Sunday, September 16th join Second Chance for their annual “Run, Walk, Wag” 5K/10K run (or 2-mile walk). This year’s event has been expanded to include a 5K and a 10K run, as well as a 2-mile walk. The run will be professionally timed with runner’s times posted on coolrunning.com. If you can’t make the event, you can become a virtual runner or walker. The run begins at 9:30, with registration beginning at 8 am. The walk begins at 10 am. Details are available on the Run, Walk, Wag web page: http://www.runwalkwag.org/
Things wind down a bit at the end of September, but there are some other cool pet events scheduled for October, so stay tuned to this page for all the Worcester Pet buzz.