A Happy Day in Aiken: The FOTAS Woofstock Doxie Derby Festival Returns

By Joanna D. Samson, FOTAS Vice President and Edie Hubler, FOTAS Board
Yikes! What is the world coming to? So many troubles in the world: terrorist attacks in France, nuclear bomb testing in North Korea, chemical attacks in Syria, political marches and protests, screaming “expert” panelists on the news — the list goes on and on.
Yet things in our neck of the woods are pretty amazing. Spring is in full bloom, and best of all? FOTAS’ 6th Annual Woofstock Doxie Derby Festival is being held this Saturday, May 6th, at Citizens Park in Aiken, to benefit the Aiken County Animal Shelter. That means hours of free fun for you and your family.
The popular Doxie Derby is back, and if the sight of all those little wiggly wittle wiener dogs wacing for the roses doesn’t make you laugh, well then, there’s no hope for you. No fast wiener dogs in your family? That’s okay, because there’s also a small dog, any breed contest.
Then there are the dog contests—Best Trick, Best Costume, Best Kisser, and our personal favorite, Best Look Alike—guaranteed to make even the crankiest scrooge smile.
Loyal fan and our favorite celebrity journalist, John Hart, from WJBF News Channel 6, will again be on hand to serve as the Master of Ceremonies. Brad and Jayne Williams will be playing the hits all day long on their super sound system.
So, leave the troubles of the world behind and come on over with your human and canine family. Grab a bite to eat from the Sugar Bear caterers or Marco’s Pizza and top it off with some Flanigans’ ice cream. Many exhibitors with pet related products and services will again be joining us this year — and of course, the Woofstock mascot Frank ‘en Bun will be on hand to help everyone have a good time!
Then there’s the raffle. For a $10 or more donation to FOTAS, you can get your raffle tickets on-line at fotasaiken.org/woofstock-doxie-derby-2017/, or you can purchase your tickets prior to the event at Downtown Dog and Herbal Solutions. The winner will be announced at the end of the day, but you don’t need to be present to win.
Participate in a silent auction by Doc Holly’s group (Veterinary Services of Aiken). Herbal Solutions will give you and/or your doggie a cupcake for a donation to FOTAS, so please be sure to visit their booth.
While you are there, let us introduce you to some of the Shelter’s adoptable pets who will also be at Woofstock—after all, isn’t that what it’s all about? If you happen to fall in love, guess what? Adoption prices will be slashed in half – $35 for dogs and $15 for cats.
A tightly-knit community of caring people and businesses—Auto Tech, Herbal Solutions, Hollow Creek Animal Hospital, The Willcox, Tyler Brothers, Veterinary Services of Aiken, the Aiken Animal Hospital, Atlantic Broadband, the Aiken Standard, Downtown Dog, Aiken Saddlery, the Aiken Veterinary Clinic, Carolina Real Estate Company, Chime Bell Fence, the Dog & Hound, and scores of volunteers and supporters—all come together on this happy, festive day to make life better for the thousands of homeless animals of Aiken County.
Now that makes our hearts sing.
Their lives are in our hands.

Frank 'en Bun -- Woofstock mascot

The FOTAS Woofstock Doxie Derby Festival is Saturday, May 6th