Halloween-themed Event for Pet Owners and Their Dogs

Howl-O-Ween at the UT Gardens, Knoxville
Howl-O-Ween at the UT Gardens includes a Pooch Parade of costumed dogs. Awards will be presented in several themed categories, including "bad to the bone" (scariest) and funny bone (most amusing). The event is free to attend, but parade and contest competitions require an entry fee. Photo courtesy UTIA. Download image​.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee Gardens is going to the dogs for a Howl-O-Ween Pooch Parade and Pet Expo. The event, sponsored by the UT Gardens, Knoxville, and the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, caters to dogs and dog lovers and will be held Sunday, Oct. 25, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the UT Gardens on the UT Institute of Agriculture campus.

Enjoy a costumed pet parade emceed by Erin Donovan with Visit Knoxville. Awards will be presented in judged categories including bad to the bone (scariest), funny bone (funniest), glamour pooch (prettiest) and pup culture (pop culture/character).  The Bone-a-fido (judges’ choice) Award winner will also be named. The event also includes an expo of educational booths, pet businesses and rescue groups. Various food trucks will be on hand for people wanting to purchase food. People are encouraged to participate in a food drive to benefit the Pantry for Feeding Pets, an organization that helps local pets and pet owners by providing food and treats. They accept all varieties of dog and cat food. They also welcome dog and cat treats.

he event is free to attend. Parade preregistration is $8 per dog or $13 for two or more. Day-of registration begins at 1 p.m. and is $10 per dog or $15 for two or more at the event. The parade will begin at 2:30 p.m. and is judged by locally known dog lovers including Deb DiPietro, Knoxville News Sentinel writer Amy McRary and Dr. Bob DeNovo. Costume categories include best in show, most creative, pet-owner look-a-like, funniest costume, scariest costume, most glamorous costume, only a mom could love and judges’ choice.

For additional information, directions to the event or to register please visit the UT Gardens website: utgardens.tennessee.edu

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