Attention all dogs! Yes, we really mean all dogs. Do you usually spend your days curled up between table legs near your favorite pair of feet? Well get ready to move those paws! Fido’s Festival USA® is proud to present two full days of dog-centered, dog-loving fun and activities for you and your human family.
Below are some of the fun doggie activities that we have lined up so far. As always, be sure to check back often as we confirm more great activities for our
HOWLIN’ HALLOWEEN” PARADE
Saturday 2:30 PM & Sunday 1:45
It’s time to get dressed up and show us your Halloween spirit! Whether you dream of being scary, silly, famous, or glamorous this is your moment to stand out among the rest! Invite your canine or human family members to dress up with you too. I hear this year there will be a category in our “Spooktacular Masquerade Contest” that includes our human friends too! Wear your bling, bring your props, ride on your very own float because there is a prize for that too this year! Shake the cobwebs and let the creative juices flow with fabulous ideas for this year’s parade. All witches, warlocks, goblins, vampires, and monsters are invited. Just how imaginative and clever are you?
There will be a Grand Master leading the parade with Fido. Immediately following the parade the costume contest will begin. See our Canine Contest page for contest categories and information.
AKC CANINE GOOD CITIZEN EVALUATIONS
Of course your dog is special. Are you curious or interested in having your dog evaluated as an AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC)? Dawn Watson is a certified AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. Dawn will tell you everything you and your dog needs to know to be a certified CGC. You will be able to sign up at the festival to have your dog evaluated. If your dog is not ready to be evaluated, you will learn the 10 criteria your dog needs to meet in order to be pass the AKC CGC test. Dawn will waive her normal $35 evaluation fee and offer her service at no cost at the festival. Get there early to sign-up at the Brother of the Wolf tent.
GIMME SHELTER CANINE SHOWCASE
Sunday 1:30 PM
Emceed by Carol Erickson, CBS 3 Meteorologist
Looking for a new best friend? Someone who will never let you down. Someone who remains loyal no matter what. Big sloppy kisses and tail wagging fun? Well, you’ve come to the right place! At Fido’s Festival USA® we offer complimentary space to rescues who bring dogs that need a loving home. Take a peak and learn about less fortunate dogs seeking a new family as they parade on the Grand Stage hoping to find a new forever home. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet your new best friend and meet Carol Erickson.
Saturday 11:30 AM, 1:00 PM, 4:00 PM
Sunday 11:30 AM, 1:00 PM, 3:45 PM
Lawrence Frederick and his dog “Harley Davidson” won the 2008 & 2010 AWI Disc Dog World Championships and then turned around three weeks later and won The 2010 Skyhoundz Disc Dog World Championships with “Flash”. They are the only team to have ever won both championships in one year.
Lawrence Frederick, originally from Penns Grove, NJ, is a disc dog trainer at Disc-Connected K9’s located in Jacksonville, Florida. His team of incredible dogs is the most widely recognized Frisbee Dog Team in the world. You may have seen them on David Letterman, Good Morning America, Jay Leno, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet or a host of other TV programs.
As a dog lover and a former human Frisbee World Champion, Lawrence travels around the world sharing his expertise and wowing crowds as part of the Disc-Connected K9’s Frisbee Dog Team. Their routines are choreographed to music, defy the normal relationship between man and canine, and leave even the oldest of children with a smile on their face and in their heart. To make it even more interesting, all of the dogs are “rescue” dogs, whose stories are almost as interesting as their performances.
The Disc-Connected K9’s will entertain Fido’s festival attendees with shows throughout the weekend. Meet Lawrence and his world class champions and enjoy some high flying fun!
“LURE FOR A CURE” LURE RACING
On-going Saturday & Sunday
The National Canine Cancer Foundation and its Lure for a Cure offers High Performance Lure Course racing for the third year at Fido's Festival USA®. Dogs of all sizes and all breeds can participate. Watch as your best friend chases a tail around an enclosed course complete with obstacles and a timer. Dogs can run for fun or compete for their very own ribbon. No training is necessary to join in on this exciting and fun activity as pure instinct drives the dog to chase the tail. Fido LOVES this sport and gives it two paws up! Let your dog give it a try.
The best part of the "Lure for a Cure" race is that the proceeds go to funding canine cancer research. Bring your dogs and let them do what comes natural knowing your participation helps raise money to help beat canine cancer. Last year $4,200 was raised for canine cancer research at Fido's Festival USA®‘s lure course!
Extra fee for participation paid directly to “Lure for a Cure” with no financial gain to the festival. Tickets are $7.50 for one time around the course or $10.00 for three times around the course.
What would you do if you lost your best friend? Michrochipped pets have a 90% chance of being returned to their owners. This year, The Animal Welfare Association of Voorhees, NJ, will bring their van and offering Michrochipping at Fido’s Festival USA®. The fee to have your pet michrochipped is $30 and will be paid directly to The Animal Welfare Association. Why risk loosing your Fido? Take precautions while supporting The Animal Welfare Association at the same time!
On-going Saturday & Sunday
Sponsored by Camp Bow Wow
Time to get off that leash and enjoy a little exercise! Stretch those four legs, run around a little, and socialize with your pooch pals in our play area sponsored by Camp Bow Wow, Cherry Hill, NJ and Wilmington, DE locations. Camp Bow Wow will bring play equipment for canines of all sizes to romp around and enjoy. The enclosed area will include dividers separating the small and large dogs. Dog lovers can relax and watch their dogs have a rollicking good time with Camp Bow Wow qualified staffers monitoring the area so snarls and "ruff" play can be avoided.
The Pupkin’ Play Time area is complimentary throughout the weekend.
ULTIMATE AIR DOGS™ DOCK DIVING
On-going Saturday & Sunday
Check schdule for check-in, practice, and splash times
Making a big splash for the fourth year in a row is the return of Milt Wilcox and Ultimate Air Dogs™. A premier dock jumping organization that travels all over the country, their professional team entertains thousands of spectators each year. Fido is pleased to welcome Ultimate Air Dogs™ and their great team of professional dock diving dogs who will demonstrate their high flying talents throughout the weekend.
Every single dog that loves water from the smallest Novice jumper to the biggest Ultimate high flyer enjoys this fantastic sport! Jump for fun in open time slots or compete for the Divisional Finals where the top 5 dogs from each division are invited to compete in a Grand Finale!
If dogs have difficulty learning how to jump, their crew of volunteers will often provide free tips between activities on how to make your dog a fan of this great activity. Every Ultimate Air Dog is equally special and it is a great opportunity to see if your best friend has a special knack for dock diving whether for fun or to compete.
Extra fee for participation paid directly to Ultimate Air Dogs® with no financial gain to the festival. $20 competition and $10 for practice jumps!
Be sure to check back often as we add more great activities for our four legged friends.