The Olde Pickerington Village Business Association annual animal-appreciation event, Petfest, will return to the city's downtown Sept. 7.

The Olde Pickerington Village Business Association annual animal-appreciation event, Petfest, will return to the city's downtown Sept. 7.

The association once again is calling on local animal lovers to put their pets on display during the annual Petfest, to be held on West Columbus Street from 6 to 8:30 p.m. from Sept. 7.

Like in past years, the event is an opportunity for people to bring their cats and dogs -- or birds, bunnies, hermit crabs, iguanas or any other friendly pets -- to the Olde Pickerington Village as they mill about or shop with local merchants.

It's also a chance for those looking for pets to find one.

Several pet rescue and animal adoption groups will be on hand, as will vendors selling pet products.

"The road will be closed, so people don't need to worry about coming with their pets," said Deblin Jennings, OPVBA treasurer and owner of Deblin Design in Olde Pickerington Village.

"We do this every year and people seem to enjoy it," she said.

"It's an educational night for the whole family because we have vendors set up."

Those wishing to participate in the Petfest parade should go to the grassy area by Mayflower Place (the old Creamery Building), 80 W. Church St. prior to the start of the parade, which is slated for 7:15 p.m.

Jennings said the parade will start promptly.

"We've had all kinds of pets in the past, and you can come with or without your pet," she said.

"There's no charge to be in the parade and there's no charge to attend."

Additional information about the OPVBA Petfest is available at www.pickeringtonvillage.com.