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updated: 8/5/2012 8:36 AM

Bartlett 'Woofstock' rescheduled

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  • A boy and a dog enjoy Riley's Run Dog Park in Bartlett. The site will host the rescheduled Woofstock on Aug. 16. Organizers of the Bartlett Park District event postponed it from its original July 25 date because of extreme heat that day.

      A boy and a dog enjoy Riley's Run Dog Park in Bartlett. The site will host the rescheduled Woofstock on Aug. 16. Organizers of the Bartlett Park District event postponed it from its original July 25 date because of extreme heat that day.
    Courtesy of Bartlett Park District

 
 

The organizers for the Bartlett Park District's third annual Woofstock decided last month the dog days of summer were too hot to host the canine-friendly event.

Katie Jablonski, scheduling manager for the park district, said the cancellation of the event on its original date -- Wednesday, July 25 -- was due to a heat advisory.

"We wanted to make sure it was a success for us and the vendors," she said, adding that the park district knew a lot of people wouldn't want to bring their dogs outside in the extremely hot weather.

Woofstock has been rescheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 16, at Riley's Run Park, 650 Lambert Lane. All dogs must be leashed, have current vaccinations and be under the control of their owner in the festival area. The event is free and no registration is required.

There will be music, food, pet-friendly games and dog-friendly vendors, along with contests such as best trick, cutest costume and tiniest and largest dog.

Bruno's Pro Bone O Pet Pantry will also be on hand to collect donations of pet food and treats that will be distributed to low-income, elderly and disabled pet owners.

Jablonski said she is expecting around 100 people and their pets to come out to the event, and hopes that switching the date from a weekend to a weekday this year will boost attendance.

"It's a great community event. It's a great opportunity to see what businesses are in the area for pets," she said, adding that it is also provides a chance to help others and try out Riley's Run.

For more information call (630) 540-4895 or visit bartlettparks.org.

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