Halloween-themed event for pet owners and their dogs

Howl-o-ween in the UT Gardens logo

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The UT Gardens is going to the dogs for a Howl-O-Ween Pooch Parade and Pet Expo. The event, sponsored by the UT Gardens and the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, caters to dogs and dog lovers and will be held Sunday, Oct. 19, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the UT Gardens.

Enjoy a costumed pet parade emceed by Erin Donovan with Visit Knoxville. The event also includes dog rescue groups, pet businesses, educational booths, children’s activities (including Ruff Reading with HABIT), and canine demonstrations. Cruze Farm, Gonzo Gourmet and Tootsie Truck will be on hand for people wanting to purchase food.

The event is free to attend, and parade preregistration is $5 per dog and $10 at the event. The parade will begin at 3 p.m. and is judged by locally known dog lovers. Costume categories include best in show, most creative, pet-owner look-a-like, funniest costume, most glamorous costume, only a mom could love, and judges’ choice.

For additional information or to register please visit http://tinyutk.edu/howloween.

One of 28 accredited veterinary colleges in the United States, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine educates students in the art and science of veterinary medicine and related biomedical sciences, promotes scientific research and enhances human and animal well-being.

Designated as the official botanical garden for the state of Tennessee, the UT Gardens includes plant collections located in Knoxville, Jackson and Crossville. The mission of the Gardens is to foster appreciation, education and stewardship of plants through garden displays, educational programs and research trials. The three locations of the Gardens are open during all seasons and free to the public.

The UT College of Veterinary Medicine and the UT Gardens are part of the UT Institute of Agriculture. UTIA provides instruction, research and public service through the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT AgResearch system of 10 research and education centers, and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.   



Sandra Harbison, Media Relations, 865-974-7377, sharbiso@utk.edu