Calling all canines, and the people who live to serve them: Poochfest 2019, an inaugural fundraising event for the Valley’s four-legged friends, is taking over Tempe’s Big Surf Waterpark Saturday, March 30. Gather up Fido and the whole family for a day of dog-friendly fun, from a Doggie Fashion Show and Photo Contest to a Silent Auction, an art expo and a Dog-Gone-It Craft Corner. Jumping Chollas will be bringing out the Valley’s best dogs to show off their skills on the agility course, and four-legged furry friends can run wild with the pack or cool off in the pool. Human adults, meanwhile, can enjoy a little hair o’ the dog in the form of cocktails and other alcoholic beverages while enjoying a comedic act by Jill Kimmel, among other festivities. Sponsored by Throw You a Bone, a nonprofit focused on increasing community involvement among kids, and orchestrated by Kyrene School District students alongside their adult mentors, Poochfest 2019 promises a tail-wagging good time for all. Half of all proceeds raised will benefit the Arizona Animal Welfare League, and the other half, the Kyrene School District.
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