The dog rescue festival, Woofstock, brought hundreds of people to Burlington City Park Saturday. With dogs, food and music, there was plenty of fun to be had and fur to be pet.
While some came to make new furry friends, others came to compete, like Kasie Calhoun of Gibsonville. She and her dog, Paisley competed in the best costume contest by dressing as Woody and Buzz Lightyear. They also competed in the best trick contest by doing a "kiss." They didn't win either competition, but Calhoun vowed they'd be back next year with better costumes.
All the dogs received some special attention whether or not they were in the competitions. Kash the labradoodle wasn't only loved by his owner, Gayle Holt, who sported Kash's face on her t-shirt and bag; every fairgoer passing by would stop to pet him. "Everybody pays attention to him, everywhere we take him," Holt said. "He’s gonna have a bald spot when we get home, he gets petted so much."
There was no shortage of barking, food or resources. Dog-owners, like Matthew Townsend, said they felt it was important to support the venders and the Humane Society for giving the community this resource.
"There’s a large need in Alamance County for dogs who aren’t so lucky to have a home that’s providing them with warmth and food and care," said Townsend. "The events today support the Humane Society, and they help make Alamance County a better place for dogs and cats that aren’t wanted."
The festival left everyone feeling the puppy love.