A shout out to new mom Kristy Pachciarz of Auburn Parks Dept, thanks for including us in this year’s festivities & best wishes to you and your family!

Pigs were dancing, parrots were rollerblading, goats were playing basketball and thousands of excited tails were wagging at the City of Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation’s inaugural Petpalooza event, held on Saturday, May 31, 2008.  This first time event was kicked off with a Dog Trot 3K Fun Run and also featured an animal-related entertainment stage, a petting zoo, pony rides, Skyhoundz Disc Dog Championships, a pet parade, an ‘Unleashed’ pet contest, animal-inspired inflatable rides, children’s activities, over 65 vendors, food concessions and much more.

Highlights from the event included the noon pet parade, featuring over 500 participants and their pets, dressed up in various costumes, riding in wagons or just walking along side their owners.  The ‘Unleashed’ Pet Contest attracted the most spectators at the entertainment stage, with seven fun categories including the Best Pooch Smooch, Best Voice and Best Pet Trick.  The title of Best Pet/Owner Look-a-Like went to a 60’s couple…a man dressed as a hippie and his shaggy-haired, peace sign and tie-dye wearing dog.  The Valentine Performing Pigs, who have graced the stages of The Dave Letterman Show and Jay Leno’s The Tonight Show, wrapped up the day’s entertainment.

Those who were brave enough to come with children and their pets, had plenty to do.  In addition to the entertainment stage and host of vendors, the festival provided a petting zoo and pony rides, animal-inspired inflatable rides, face painting, as well as other fun activities aimed at children, including duck races, cow milking and a fishing pond.  Of course, if the dogs were anxious to participate in some fun of their own, there was an agility area and the disc dog competition available. 

Auburn’s Petpalooza blew event coordinator’s expectations and will be back in a big way in 2009!  This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, May 30 at Auburn’s Game Farm Park, from 10:00am – 4:00pm – and you’re going to want to ‘paw’ticipate!  Once again, the Dog Trot will kick off the event at 9:30am.  Registrations are already being accepted for this owner/pet fun run and the first 100 to register receive a FREE event bag jam-packed full of wonderful goodies.  The City of Auburn is currently accepting event vendors and sponsors.  For more information about Auburn’s Petpalooza, visit www.auburnwa.gov or call the Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation Department at 253-931-3043. 

Kristy L. Pachciarz, CPRP, CPO

Special Events Coordinator

Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation