Woofstock, Woof it and Hoof it, returns for fourth year Oct. 8

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By Anna Skinner

Ray Hurt and Ashley Looper, from back, with Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness and Hamilton County Humane Society Executive Director Rebecca Stevens with pups Turbo and Ruby Roo. (File photo)

Ray Hurt and Ashley Looper, from back, with Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness and Hamilton County Humane Society Executive Director Rebecca Stevens with pups Turbo and Ruby Roo. (File photo)

Fishers residents can expect to find dogs crowding the Nickel Plate Amphitheater come Oct. 8.

The fourth-annual Woofstock, a dog-friendly event to fundraise for the Humane Society of Hamilton County’s Survivor Program which funds lifesaving, medical care for animals,

Dogs will be able to enjoy a swimming pool and various pet vendors stationed around the amphitheater featuring handmade pet attire, treats and more. The pets’ owners can enjoy themselves, too, as there will be human-friendly vendors, as well.

“It’s the best festival of the year, it’s promoted as Hamilton County’s biggest pet-centered festival,” Director of Marketing Norma Knecht said. “People come from county wide, it’s not just for Fishers. We encourage all of Hamilton County to come out and support the local humane society and the survivor program, as well.”

From 2 to 9 p.m., the amphitheater will be loaded with food vendors, animal shows presented by Animalia, Fishers Police Dept. K-9 Barry, face painting, paw painting and more. In years past, more than 100 vendors were available at the festival.

In addition to the dogs, there will be a concert performed by JoJo and Jordan Fisher beginning at 7 p.m., and it is included in the $5 festival admission fee.

Beginning at 1:30 p.m. before the festival, the annual fundraising walk, Woof it and Hoof it, will take place around the amphitheater to raise money for the HSHC’s Survivor Program, as well. The humane society’s goal is to raise $50,000.

“Woofstock is our annual celebration of the bond we share with dogs and the healing power they bring into our lives,” HSHC Executive Director Rebecca Stevens stated in a press release sent to Current. “The festival, especially our Woof It & Hoof It Charity Dog Walk that kicks of the festival each year, is critical to our organization’s ability to fund the life-saving care thousands of animals require each year.”

For more, visit hamiltonhumane.com.

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