Pets Extravaganza returns to Sherando Park

The second annual Frederick County Parks and Pets Extravaganza returns to Sherando Park at 10 a.m. Saturday .

Sarah Kuhn, Program Supervisor for Frederick County Parks and Recreation Department said this event is vital to raising funds for the Esther Boyd Animal Shelter.

“The best part of the event – it’s not only seeing the community come out, but being able to help those at Esther Boyd,” she said.

This celebration for dogs and their humans features vendors, demos, contests, a silent auction, an adoption parade and,  new this year, a car show.

Demos include Frederick County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard, Blue Ridge Dog Training Club Agility, Lisa Marino training demonstration and more. Mac Shack will be on site offering food and beverages.

The charity car show, sponsored by All Pets Cremation Center, will be awarding dash plaques for the first 100 entries. Trophies will also be awarded to the Top 10 for 1900-1979, Top 5 for 1980-present, Best in Show each class, Sheriff’s Choice, and Participants’ Judging.

Silent auction items are available for purchase, with all the proceedings benefiting Esther Boyd Animal Shelter.

Esther Boyd Animal Shelter is a government funded animal shelter designed to house stray and unwanted animals of Frederick County. The shelter handles approximately 4,000 animals a year. Shelter services include: accepting all animals from Frederick County residents, animal adoption, rabies clinics, trap rental, lost/found animal service and humane education.

With participation only continuing to grow, Kuhn hopes for a really good turn out this year. “It was successful last year, so I’m counting on it to be this year too,” she added.

Admission is free to the public and dogs. Dogs must be leashed.