‘Woofstock’ brings tail-wagging fun to downtown Suwannee for ten years

Downtown Suwannee went to the dogs for the tenth year last Saturday with Star 94’s annual ‘Woofstock‘.

The festival, billed as the Atlanta radio station’s annual “Pet Party in the Park”, went from noon to 7 p.m.

Metro Atlanta’s first and only pet-centric festival featured live music, smallest and biggest dog contests, dog/owner lookalike contest , Ultimate Air Dogs dock-diving shows and Frisbee dog and training demos. Musical guests included local singer-songwriter Brandon Crocker and Bon Jovi cover band, Slippery When Wet.

American Idol” contestant Andy Grammar was the headliner. Grammer is known for his hit song, “Keep Your Head Up“.

Suwannee’s Town Center Park was packed with leashed pooches and their people, despite the uncharacteristic 89° heat. Star 94 expected an attendance of 8,500 – 10,000, according to a recent press release.

Festival organizers responded to the high temperatures by setting up intermittent “cooling stations” throughout the park. Each station was set up under a large canopy and housed several large, industrial fans and multiple kiddie pools full of cold water.

“I don’t know who is more appreciative of the cooling stations, me or my dogs,” said pet owner Abby Fisher, who joined her two small dogs in one of the provided kiddie pools.

For those people who needed to beat the heat, the park featured a large cobblestone area with multiple sprinklers.

The event featured two separate vendor areas, one for food and the other for non-profits, veterinary officers and pet retail.
Among the horseshoe of vendor tents set up along the outer edge of the park were over 40 non-profit and rescue groups from all over the state, including several Humane Societies from different counties, Atlanta Pet Rescue & AdoptionBoxers in Bowties, and Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta, to name a few.

These non-profils and rescues provided pet owners – and perspective pet owners – with adoption information, adoption prices and the benefits of rescuing a shelter pet over purchasing one from a pet store.

Festival food met gourmet with the 20 local restaurants and food trucks to choose from, as well as a beer garden for guests 21+.

Adjacent to the beer garden was the kid zone, with fun activities and several huge inflatables.

Other vendors included local veterinary offices, pet stores and homemade food and treat companies.

Want more information about Star 94’s annual Woofstock ? Please click here to visit the official Woofstock page.

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