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Woofstock is Saturday

That night: beer tasting and hog roast.

They say every dog has its day, and in Springfield that day is Saturday.

Woofstock 2013, a pet-friendly event sponsored by the Clark County Red Cross, will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Wiggly Field at Old Reid Park.

Woofstock, now in its sixth year, is a pet health fair that allows pet owners and their best friends to visit 20-25 pet vendors concentrated in one area and enjoy the company of other owners and pets. For a $10 donation, which goes to the local Red Cross, attendees receive a vendor pass good for more than $100 worth of pet supplies. This year’s sponsors are King Kennels and Northside Veterinary Clinic.

Woofstock is a tradition that sees an average of 600 attendees and 300 dogs attend, says Clark County Red Cross Executive Director Mike Larson.

“It gets bigger every year,” he said. “People stop me on the street throughout the year and ask me when the next Woofstock will be.”

Presentations from one of the sponsors, such as demonstrations on pet grooming and dog and cat CPR, will take place every half hour. A new vendor this year is the Animal Eye Institute of Cincinnati, which will offer glaucoma and cataract screenings.

Picnic food will be available at the site, including Hungarian cabbage rolls. But if that isn’t enough, there’s another alternative later on that evening.

Each fall, the Red Cross sponsors a wine-tasting event that has grown in popularity, A springtime event seemed like a good addition. A hog roast and beer-tasting will be 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Windy Knoll Golf Club.

The cost is $25 a person presale or $30 at the door. The price includes food, including beef brisket, cabbage rolls and six four-ounce beers, for age-appropriate attendees. Larson emphasizes this is a family-friendly event.

Larson said there will be various beers available, including one from a new brewery in Yellow Springs. The event will include live music entertainment from Omega Point.

Larson also mentioned that while these events are fun, they also serve a greater purpose. When somebody donates $1 to the Red Cross, 91 cents goes straight back into its programs.

“All of that money stays in Clark County,” said Larson. “We help from 350-400 people a year providing food and clothing following house fires.

“There will be a lot of good food, and, if the weather cooperates, it will be a nice spring night for families to enjoy.”

For more information on these events, call James Wagner at (937) 399-3872.

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