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Dog Fest – Fundraiser for McKinley Elementary School this Saturday

This came across the D6inSF Yahoo Group, and I thought I’d share it with you. I know there are quite a few dog owners in the Rincon Hill neighborhood. Even if you don’t own a dog, this may be a hoot to see while also supporting one of our City’s schools. You can get to Duboce Park by taking a short ride on Muni’s N metro line – it is the park stop, just past the Safeway and Out of the Closet store on Church Street.

From www.mckinleyschool.org/dogfest/

A fundraising extravaganza of fun and festivities to benefit McKinley Elementary. Come join the fun!

Date: April 19, 2008
Time: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm (the fun starts with a promenade at 11:00 am)
Place: Duboce Park (Noe & Duboce Streets)
Registration: Register and pay online or (if spaces are still available) register at the event.

* Raffle * Jumpy houses * Pup and pet stuff * Craft Tables * Face painting * Silent Auction
* Dog Parade * Music * ….and more


* Best Costume (approximate start time 11:30 am)
Judges vote on the dogs with the best costumes, with extra points for originality.

* Best Bark (start time 11:55 am)
Contestants are given 30 seconds to get their dog to show off his/her vocals. Dogs may bark, growl, sing, howl whatever. Judges are looking for dogs that are very loud, have long howls or show great enthusiasm. DOG MUST EASILY BARK OR HOWL WITHOUT PHYSICAL MANIPULATION OR OWNER FORCING HIM TO (OWNERS SHOULD NOT “BOTHER” THEIR DOGS TO PRODUCE BARKING).

* Best Trick (start time 12:15 pm)
Each owner will be given 30 seconds or so to demonstrate their dogs trick(s). Owners are allowed to bring props.

* Most Ear-Resistible (start time 1:00 pm)
Judges look for dogs that have ears that they think are really cute, have character or stand out in some way. They could be extra large or super floppy or have good coloring.

* Best Smile (start time 1:25 pm)
Contestants bring their dogs forward one by one for the judge(s) to see. Judges are looking for dogs with beautiful smiles and a happy look on their faces.

* Mutt What? (start time 1:50 pm)
This is for dogs whose breeding is a mystery! Judges will give highest scores for dogs where you cant determine the mix. In other words, “What is that dog??”

* Best Couple (start time 2:15 pm)
Judges look for dogs and owners who have some common features or characteristics. Owner can describe why they think they deserve to win.


Raffle tickets are $2.50 each, or 5 for $10. The drawing will be held at DogFest at 2:30pm; you do not need to be present to win. You can purchase raffle tickets from any McKinley student, or order them by email. Prizes include:

We’re Going to Disneyland!
2 Disneyland tickets, airfare for two and two nights lodging in Anaheim

Night at the Opera
Gift certificate to Jardiniere Restaurant and 2 opera tickets

Take Me Out to the Ballgame
Gift Certificate to Acme Chophouse and 2 Club level San Francisco Giants tickets

All proceeds from this event will support much-needed educational enrichment programs for our children. Questions? Email DogFest@mckinleyschool.org or call 415.710.7387. Can’t make it? Find other ways to contribute here!

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