Halloween-Themed Event for Pet Owners and Their Dogs

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The University of Tennessee Gardens, Knoxville, is going to the dogs for a Howl-O-Ween Pooch Parade and Pet Expo on Sunday, Oct. 23, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. ​Download logo.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee Gardens, Knoxville, 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. 23, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the UT Gardens on the Institute of Agriculture campus.
Enjoy a costumed pet parade emceed by Erin Donovan with Visit Knoxville. Judged categories include bad to the bone (scariest), funny bone (funniest), glamour pooch (prettiest), pup culture (pop culture/character), and additional awards such as best pet/owner combo, best homemade, best small dog, best senior, and bone-a-fido (best in show). 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.
The event is free to attend. Parade preregistration is $10 per costume entry (can include multiple dogs as one costume). Preregistration ends Thursday, October 20, at midnight. Day-of registration begins at 1 p.m. and is $15 per costume entry. The parade will begin at 2:30 p.m. and is judged by locally known dog lovers including News Sentinel writer Amy McRary, Dr. Bob DeNovo from the UT College of Veterinary Medicine and Courtney Kliman with Young- Williams Animal Center. Shirts will also be available for purchase.
For additional information or to register please visit the online registration site tiny.utk.edu/howloween
The UT College of Veterinary Medicine and the UT Gardens are part of the UT Institute of Agriculture. Through its mission of research, teaching and extension the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions. ag.tennessee.edu

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