Primates also welcome at DogFest/Dachshund Dash Sept. 24 at Chesterfield Park
The 14th Annual DogFest and Dachshund Dash returns Saturday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at Chesterfield Park, 2511 W. Republic Road, Springfield. For 14 years (nearly a century in dog years), the event has been sponsored by the Springfield-Greene County Park Board.
Although canines are the guests of honor for this event, all varieties of dogs are invited to bring their well-behaved primate guests to meet other primate. Felines, not so much.
Activities, food and beverages will be available for both primate and doggy treats at the Canine Vendor Village (yes, dare we say it, there will even be hot dogs available; wieners if you prefer). featuring commercial and non-profit pet organizations.
The wildly entertaining Dachshund Dash highlights the annual event, with races taking place between 11 a.m. and Noon, wrapping up with the Best of the Best and the Best of the Worst races.
The Dash is limited to, yes, dachshunds (a fetching $15 registration is required by 5 p.m. Wednesday). Indeed, the interest from the dachshund racing community, if there is such a thing, appears to be gaining. Registration forms are at ParkBoard.org or available in person at the Park Board Administrative Office, 1923 N. Weller Ave., Springfield. Primates may call 417-864-1049 for information.
Free demonstrations include canine fitness and agility, dog park etiquette, dogs with Frisbees and hunting dogs. Young primates, known to have short attention spans, may enjoy a canine-themed bounce house for a $1 admission.
Otherwise, DogFest is free and open to the public. All activity proceeds benefit Cruse Dog Park, Springfield’s first off-leash dog park.
For more information on DogFest, call the Springfield-Greene County Park Board at 417-864-1049.