Greene County News
XENIA — A cast of canines will be cavorting from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at Greene County Parks & Trails annual Doggie Dash ‘n Splash Fest at the Fairgrounds Recreation Center, featuring a one-of-a-kind canine splash ground that resembles a waterpark for four-legged guests, entertainment, canine demonstrations, vendors, contests and more.
Proceeds from the event will be used to create Greene County’s first canine nature playscape at Scout Dog Park in Xenia.
The Lovely Nature PlayScape currently exists at Russ Nature Reserve in Beavercreek. The canine nature playscape at the Scout Dog Park will incorporate both real and simulated play areas featuring boulders, logs and other natural features.
New highlights this year include Lucky Dog Adventures with their mobile lure course. For the nominal fee of $10, participants can take their dog on the action-filled course that allows a dog to chase a lure around the course.
A herding dog demonstration with Indian Runner ducks will feature the bond between canine and handler.
Karson, The Wilmington Police Department K9 Officer that was lost for two months last year, will be a featured guest at this year’s event. Karson will be demonstrating his police dog skills as well as be available for a meet-and-greet with event attendees at noon.
The splash ground will be open until 5 p.m. to allow more time to enjoy the canine water park.
Other featured activities of the day will include the annual canine costume contest at 11 a.m.; silent auction; one-of-a-kind canine spray ground; rescue organizations; vendors; herding dog demonstrations at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and concessions.
“The Bark” Singing Contest will be held at 2 p.m. at the main stage.
Doggie Dash ‘n Splash is about individuals and families just as much as it is about dogs, said GCP&T Events Manager Robin Gregory.
“If you come to the festival,” she said, “you’ll see it’s the families and the owners who have as much fun as their dogs. We even have folks that don’t have their dog with them just so they can watch the antics at the splash ground. There is joy everywhere whether you have two legs or four.”
Sponsors of the event this year currently include Wagner Subaru of Fairborn, Greene Memorial Hospital, Best Breed Pet Foods, MedVet, Care Center, Glawe Tent and Awning, as well as Jim and Brenda Kahlo. Opportunities still exist for sponsorships as well as vendors at the event.
Admission is free with a $5 parking donation. All well-mannered dogs welcomed but retractable leashes are prohibited.
All proceeds from the event benefit the maintenance and expansion of the Scout Dog Park, Xenia, which is managed by Greene County Parks & Trails. The dog park was the first public dog park in Greene County.
“We have opened a third paddock at the Scout Dog Park as a result of our canine special event fundraisers,” Gregory said. “Greene County — and beyond — dog owners support our efforts to maintain, improve and expand the Scout Dog Park.”
For more information, contact Greene County Parks & Trails at 937-562-6440 email [email protected] or visit www.gcparkstrails.com.