Voted Austin's "Most Awesome-ist Pet Related Event" four years in a row by the Austin Pets Directory Annual Readers Poll, Dogtoberfest is back for another great day of fun for families and their four-legged companions. This year's festivities are happening on Saturday, October 19th from 10am-4pm.
Dogtoberfest is an annual event held at Phase I of The Domain which includes a silent auction, canine costume contest, pet-related demonstrations, and fun for the whole family. The purpose of Dogtoberfest is to create awareness about dog rescue and raise much needed funds for local dog rescue organizations. Approximately 7,500 people and their canine companions attended Dogtoberfest in 2012.
This year's festivities will once again include audience favorites like the Weiner Dog Races and the Canine Costume Contest. Held between Macy's and the main stage, the Weiner Dog Races are guaranteed to provide plenty of entertainment. Registration is first-come, first-serve and spaces fill up quickly.
The Canine Costume Contest, which has become the highlight of Dogtoberfest, is back again this year with an all new set of fun categories and Jim Spencer as emcee! Registration for the costume contest will begin at 10am at the KXAN booth. Entries for each category are limited and are on a first-come, first-serve basis.
This year's categories include:
Best Dog Duo (for those with multiple canines)
Best Dog/Owner Duo
Sports (your favorite sports mascot)
At the Movies (a character from any movie)
What the Woof? (for those who may not fit in the above categories)
Coming back for its second year is DogtoberTROT. On the morning of Dogtoberfest at 9am, DogtoberTROT is a 1K trot around Domain Phase II. Registration for DogtoberTROT is now open and sign in begins at 8am sharp outside iPic Movie Theater.
Here is a schedule of the day's activities and demonstrations:
10:00 - Doga
10:30 - CPR for Pets & People
11:00 - Service Dogs, Inc
11:30 - Introduction of Rescue Groups
12:15 - Weiner Dog Races
1:45 - Austin Police Department K9 Units
2:45 - Pet Parade
3:00 - KXAN Canine Costume Contest
Gather up your four-legged friends and come on out to The Domain on Saturday, October 19th for a fun-filled day all for a great cause!
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside a vehicle after the child's family was involved in a fender bender, DPS said.
APD is responding to a 25 vehicle accident near the 5400 block of Ed Bluestein near Thurgood Ave.
A man is dead after being hit by several vehicles in the eastbound lane of Highway 71 Saturday night.
A representative at the Fayette County Sheriff's office said that Fayette County is effectively shut down due to icy conditions.
Freezing drizzle causing dangerous conditions on roadways overnight.