Dogtoberfest Benefits Local Animal Shelters

Lowcountry animal rescue organizations will once again benefit from the annual Dogtoberfest Wine Tasting and Pet Expo as the Kiawah Island Community Association and Freshfields Village team up to help local dogs.  The event, which includes a Halloween costume contest for dogs, takes place on Saturday, October 20 and will also feature pet service vendors, a Zumbathon dance fitness event, live music, and libations.

Dogtoberfest will take place from 1 p.m.- 6 p.m. on the Freshfields Village Green where pet vendors will be offering the latest products and services, while rescue groups answer questions and showcase adoptable pups. Adoption groups will pre-screen potential owners at the event, but there will be no on-site adoptions.  Live music will be provided by Dave Landeo.

Schedule of Events:

 12:30-1:00 p.m.          Zumbathon sign-up

1:00-3:00 p.m.          Zumbathon ($10 per person)

2:00-3:00 p.m.          Costume contest registration

3:00-3:30 p.m.          Blessing of the animals (free)

3:30-4:00 p.m.          Puppy costume contest (free)

4:00-5:45 p.m.          Wine and beer tasting ($15 per person)

5:45-6:00 p.m.          Grand prize announcement and presentation

The event is free and open to the public. Zumbathon tickets can be purchased for $10 per person, and wine tasting tickets, which include a commemorative Dogtoberfest glass, can be purchased for $15 per person. All event profits donated to participating animal rescue organizations.  Tickets can be purchased at the Kiawah Island Community Association Administrative Office, The Sandcastle Community Center on Kiawah Island, and at the Freshfields Village Guest Services office.

To purchase tickets, sign up for the costume contest, register as a vendor or for more information, contact Jessica Richardson at or call Freshfields Village at 843-768-6491.


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