Dog Fest

The dog days of spring will bloom when the Shepherdstown Visitors Center presents DogFest on Saturday, April 28, from 10am-4pm, and Sunday, April 29, from 11am-4pm. Exhibitors will be on North King Street, and several exciting events will take place on the grounds of Shepherd University.

Joining us will be our area Animal Control Officers, along with adoptable dogs from their facilities.
We will have a little bit of everything from showcasing the local dogs available for adoption in the Eastern Panhandle to raffle baskets, crafted handmade jewelry, dog related items and adoptable stuffed puppies for the kiddos 12 and under, plus so much more!!!

Join us in lovely historic Shepherdstown for a gathering of dogs, dog lovers, and all things canine. Meet service and assistance dogs, watch dogs working sheep, get some cuddles with a police dog, and enter your family dog in our Community Dog Show. Enjoy the wares offered by our jury-approved vendors, speak to a vet, consult with a pet photographer, learn about canine blood donation, and teach your children the best way to greet a dog. Settle in for a meal in one of our many dog-friendly restaurants, and plan to come back to Shepherdstown!

Two Rivers Treads joins DogFest as a sponsor for the first time. At 9am on Saturday, they will kick everything off with a pre-Fest Fun Run of one mile for kids and their dogs, and two miles for adults and dogs. TRT will install a small obstacle course on the Midway as a part of the Run, and leave it there throughout Saturday for a do-it-yourself agility course for visitors and exhibitors alike.Dog-centered vendors will be on hand with fine and hand-made products—from pet photography to dog clothes to healthful pet treats, and more.

As always, there will be a Blessing of the Dogs each day, and the Fest will close with a Community Dog Show.

For more information, call 304-876-2786, email