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Wonderpaws Festival & Paw Parade Sept 8

September 8, 2018 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Downtown Rutland
Center Street
Rutland, VT 05701

Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum 4th Annual Wonderpaws Festival & Paw Parade, a community event for all ages to enjoy a day in downtown Rutland with their dogs Saturday, September 8, 2018, on Center Street from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Presented by Pet Gear, media sponsors The Mountain Times, Front Porch Forum and emcee Nanci Gordon Media Services.

The kid-friendly and dog-friendly festival features demonstrations, a scavenger hunt, crafts, an obstacle course, a hay maze, activities, photo opportunities, food and more. A raffle of Pet Gear merchandise will be open to all. The Paw Parade will take place at noon.

The event is free and open to the public. All dogs must register to participate. Dog Registration includes participation in the Paw Parade, a token of appreciation for all participants, be entered to win a mystery prize and the opportunity to win a judges’ choice awards 

Best Pooch Smooch – Slurp slurp slurp. This dog has kissing down to a fine art.
Sponsored by Ruff Life Coffee

Best Voice – This should ‘speak’ for itself. The judges will be looking for that special howl, bark or musical number.
Sponsored by Nanci Gordon Media Services

Best Pet/Owner Look-A-Like – Do you and your pet look similar? Go all out and dress alike for the competition!
Sponsored by Victorian Inn at Wallingford

Smallest Dog – If your pooch can fit in a purse, you may have this contest in the bag.
Sponsored by Big Lenny’s Hot Dogs

Best Dressed – Here’s your chance to let your pet “strut the runway” in his or her favorite outfit.
Sponsored by A-1 Sewer and Drain

Most Entertaining – Tricks!
Sponsored by Front Page Forum

Wildest Wag – This dog Front Page Forum wags its entire body!
Sponsored by The Mountain Times

Best smile – Does your dog grin, laugh, or smile from ear to ear? Showing all your canine teeth isn’t always a bad idea
Sponsored by Riverside Veterinary Care

Longest Tail – We might even have to break out the measuring tape for this one.
Sponsored by TecHelp

Largest Dog – Is your dog a lovable giant who rivals the BFG?
Sponsored by Carpenter & Costin

Most Mysterious Heritage – How many dogs may have contributed to your pet’s mix? A lab, spaniel, shepherd-poodle, bulldog?
Sponsored by Heritage Family Credit Union

Most Glamorous – Your dog can’t get enough of doggy bling

Awards will be judged at the following times and winners announced at the conclusion of the parade.
11:10 a.m. – • Best Pooch Smooch • Best Voice • Best Pet/Owner Look-A-Like
11:20 a.m. – • Smallest Dog • Best Dressed • Most Entertaining
11:30 a.m. – • Wildest Wag • Best Smile • Largest Dog
11:40 a.m. – • Most Mysterious Heritage • Most Glamorous • Longest Tail

All dogs must register to attend the event.

Pre-register online at or registration begins at 10:30 a.m. the day of the event.

The Wonderpaw Festival fundraiser will directly benefit Wonderfeet for capital projects and the community with educational programs.

View gallery of photos from 2017 event by B. Farnum Photography


Presenting Sponsor


Media Sponsors



Event Sponsors

Victorian Inn at Wallingford

Tractor Supply

Choice MD

Carpenter & Costin

A-1 Sewer


Heritage Family Credit Union

Riverside Veterinary Care

Big Lenny’s Inside Job


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