Dogs, cats and other assorted creatures of all stripes and persuasions will traipse and prance through the heart of Olde Pickerington Village as part of Pickerington's annual Petfest Friday, June 6.
Petfest is sponsored by the Olde Pickerington Village Business Association.
It will run from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and take place along West Columbus Street in downtown Pickerington.
"There will be anything from dogs and cats to ferrets and snakes," said David Huskey of the OPVBA.
"We have quite the variety. People love it, their pets are family members so they're really enthused about (Petfest)," he said.
The Pet Parade will start promptly at 7:30p.m.at Mayflower Place, 80 W. Church St., in the grassy area by the old Pickerington Creamery building.
Organizers recommend those wishing to participate in the Pet Parade assemble at the staging area 10 minutes prior to the parade's start.
More than 20 vendors will also be on hand offering a wide array of pet-related services and products.
"This will be the largest number of vendors that we have ever had at Petfest and we have a lot of new vendors," said Deblin Jennings of the OPVBA.
Up until last year, Petfest was scheduled in September. Jennings said the event's move to early June "has been fantastic."
"It's part of the reason we have more vendors. In September it's still pretty hot, too hot for paws out in the street," Jennings said.
"In June we don't have that ridiculous heat in the evening," she said.
Among the vendors will be several representatives of animal rescue and adoption agencies.
"People that don't have a pet, but are interested in being a pet owner can find out about adopting," Huskey said.
Other vendors will be selling pet treats, clothes, grooming, training, daycare and containment products.
Huskey said there will be plenty of photo opportunities as well, particularly at the Pet Parade.
"Even C3 Church will have a water station for the animals," Jennings said.
Petfest is a must-see destination and gives Olde Pickerington Village some added exposure, Huskey said.
"It helps keep (Olde Village) vibrant and alive," he said.
"A lot of folks don't really make it down to Olde Village. This brings attention to what a nice area it is," Huskey said.
Jennings added Petfest is simply a fun and free event that brings people, and animals, together.
"Petfest is always well-liked whether you are in it or watching it," she said.
For more information about Petfest, go to www.checktheinfo.com; or call 614-833-3803.