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Prairie Oaks Metro Park

Big crowds expected at WAG!

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About 12,000 people and their canine companions are expected to fill Prairie Oaks Metro Park, 2755 Amity Road, on Aug. 23 for the seventh annual WAG! Dog Festival.

"It's simply a dog lover's paradise," said Mike Poleway of Events Marketing Group, the festival's promoter.

The festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Darby Bend Lakes area of the Metro Park.

"Last year, about 12,000 people and 3,500 dogs came to WAG!," Poleway said. "In (seven) years, it has become one of the nation's largest dog festivals."

Poleway said his company receives calls from other municipalities and parks systems interested in hosting the event.

But the festival is held only once a year and has been at Prairie Oaks Metro Park since its founding, he said.

The event provides activities for dog owners and an opportunity for would-be owners to learn about adoption opportunities.

Public and private animal shelters and adoption agencies from throughout Ohio are expected to be represented at the festival.

A variety of breeders, trainers and vendors also will be at the festival.

Demonstrations will include "dock diving," a swimming exhibition and other canine performances.

"It's an all-day adventure for dogs and their people," Poleway said. "The festival is a celebration of the unique bond between dogs and people."

For more information about the WAG! Dog Festival, visit wagfest.com.

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