LACONIA — Rain or shine, gussy up you best friend and join the pooch parade for the fourth annual BOW WOW Fest sponsored by the WOW Trail on Saturday, May 3.
The festivities begin with registration from 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. at the Elm Street entrance to the trail at Lakeport Square. The registration fee is $10 and another $5 gets you a T-shirt with all monies dedicated to the K-9 unit of the Laconia Police Department. Additional T-shirts are on sale for $10 with all proceeds to benefit the WOW Trail.
There will be a puppy bowl at 8 a.m. followed by Officer Mike Armstrong and his K-9 Titan demonstrating the work of a police dog at 8:30 a.m. After the dogs are blessed just before 9 a.m., the parade will begin. Costumes will be judged as the pets and their owners take to the trail, headed for downtown. WAG-IT Games will be played awards presented between 10:15 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Children can visit the Fire Department's ladder truck in the parking lot of Lake Opechee Inn.
Dog must be leashed with an up-to-date rabies vaccination. Owners should be dressed for inclement weather and prepared to clean up after their dogs.
CAPTION: From left, Laconia Police Chief Chris Adams, Chris Volpe, chief executive officer, and Claire Hebert both of Melcher & Prescott Insurance and Ann Saltmarsh of the Department of Public Works joined K-9 "Titan" and his handler, Officer Mike Armstrong at Lakeport Square, on Tuesday to invite dogs and their owners to the fourth annual BOW WOW Fest on Saturday morning. See story on page X. Volpe said that his firm is proud to support the K-9 Units of the Laconia and Gilford police departments as well as the WOW Trail, stressing that "public resources are essential for the economic development and quality of life of the community." (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Michael Kitch)