XENIA — A cast of canines will be cavorting from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at the annual Greene County Parks & Trails (GCP&T) Doggie Dash ‘n Splash at the Fairgrounds Recreation Center in Xenia. The event will feature a one-of-a-kind canine splash ground, entertainment, canine demonstrations, vendors, contests and more.
New canine entertainment premiering this year will feature Team ZOOM Canine Entertainment with dog agility, dog herding, dog Frisbee and more.
“Team ZOOM is a lightning-fast dog variety show comprised of world class handlers and awe-inspiring border collies performing throughout Ohio and the tri-state region,” said GCP&T Event Manager Robin Gregory. “We’re excited to have them for the first time at Doggie Dash ‘n Splash.”
The highly trained troupe of rescued border collies will show off their Frisbee-catching abilities, agility course skills, one-of-a-kind pet tricks and will herd ducks through their own miniature ability course.
The Gem City Dog Obedience Club will showcase their Canine Cadence team in two performances. The team features an obedience dance routine that resembles a drill team performance. Dogs of all sizes and breeds perform together with their owners in the unique training challenge.
Other featured activities will include the annual Mutt Strutt, a canine costume contest, a silent auction, herding demonstrations, a canine spray ground, musical chairs, rescue organizations, goody bags and concessions. Other contests will include hot dog bobbing, kissing contest and “Can Your Dog Do That.”
According to GCP&T Events Manager Robin Gregory, the Doggie Dash ‘n Splash is about individuals and families just as much as it is about dogs.
“If you come to the festival you’ll see it’s the families and the owners who have as much fun as their dogs,” she said. “We even have folks that don’t have their dog with them just so they can watch the antics at the splash ground. There is joy everywhere whether you have two legs or four.”
Admission is free with a $5 parking donation. All well-mannered dogs are welcomed, but retractable leashes are prohibited.
All proceeds from the event benefit the maintenance and expansion of the Scout Dog Park, which is managed by Greene County Parks & Trails. The dog park is the only public dog park in Greene County.
For more information, contact Greene County Parks & Trails at 937-562-6440, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.gcparkstrails.com.