By ADAM DRAPCHO, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — Now in its sixth year, the annual Bow WOW Fest will be held on Saturday, May 7, and this year will benefit the New Hampshire Humane Society.
"We're just thrilled to be partnered with a group that's already in place," said Marylee Gorham, executive director of the Laconia-based animal shelter that serves towns throughout the region.
The Bow WOW Fest, since its inception, invites dogs and the people who love them to gather at Lakeport Square, at the intersection of Elm Street and Union Avenue, for a stroll down and back on the WOW Trail. Registration for the event is $10, with all proceeds benefiting the Humane Society. To pre-register, available through April 29, go to nhhumane.org. Registration will also be available the morning of the event, from 8:45 to 10 a.m.
"You don't have to have a dog to come," added Molly Lounsbury, marketing and development assistant for the Humane Society. She also encouraged dog owners to attend solo if their pooch is problematic around other dogs. "It's OK to leave your dog at home," she said.
The event is organized by a committee that includes representatives from the Humane Society, officials from the City of Laconia, as well as other community members. Last year, about 200 people attended; and 100 dogs, representing a wide range of breeds and mixes. Ann Saltmarsh, of Laconia DPW, said she hopes to see at least that many this year.
"The more the merrier," she said.
A blessing of the pets will be held at 10 a.m. From 10:15 to 11, there will be a police K-9 demonstration as well as a puppy bowl, featuring puppies that are available for adoption at the Humane Society. At 11:30, judges will name the winners of the pet costume contest.
"The costumes are always really fun to see," said Gorham.
The walk down the WOW Trail will commence at noon. When walkers make their return to Lakeport Square, they will find hot dog and popcorn vendors ready to serve lunch.
Ann Saltmarsh and Amy Reardon from the Laconia DPW join New Hampshire Humane Society representatives Molly Lounsbury and Marylee Gorham in front of the Lake Opechee Inn. The Bow WOW Fest will be held on May 7 this year, and will benefit the Humane Society. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Adam Drapcho)
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