Dress the dog and come to town Sunday, Oct. 2.

Dress the dog and come to town Sunday, Oct. 2.

From noon to 5 p.m., the Village Green will be filled with pooches and their owners at the annual Fido Fest and Pooch Parade.

Now sponsored by the Worthington Organized Off-Leash Friends (WOOF), the event returned last year, picking up where the former Pooch Parade left off about a decade earlier.

Last year, the weather was 45 degrees, with wind and rain. Still, the dog community turned out to support the event, said Jennifer Lyon of WOOF.

About 60 percent of those who attended came from outside of Worthington, she said.

“It brings people from all over central Ohio to Worthington,” Lyon said. “We get to show off our community.”

The re-invented Fest is all on the Green, except for the parade, which will form on the Green at 3:30 p.m. and head north on High Street to Stafford Avenue. High Street will be closed to traffic from approximately 3:30 to 5 p.m.

New this year will be neighborhoods walking together, said Jennifer Lyon of WOOF.

At 3:30, the ever-popular blessing of the dogs will take place. The Rev. Phillip College from St. John’s Episcopal Church will perform the blessing.

More than 50 vendor booths showcasing dog merchandise and services will be set up on the Green, according to Jennifer Lyon of WOOF.

Dog agility demonstrations will return this year, and two new dog sport demonstrations will be added. Flyball and Frisbee Disc Dog will begin at noon.

“The reason we do demos is it gives people a look at things they can do with their dogs,” Lyon said. “It helps create that bond between pets and their owners.”

Costumes are encouraged, but not required. Costume judging will take place at 2:45.

Other events include Simon Sez, best trick contest, bobbing for wieners. Blue ribbons will be awarded in four contests.

Contest sponsors include Pet People, Pet Butler, Central Ohio Professional Pet Sitters, and Lifetime Pet Wellness Center.

The Pooch Parade is sponsored by WOW Cable.

All proceeds go to WOOF, an organization of 300 volunteers. Funds will assist with adding amenities to the new Godown Road dog park, which will open next spring.

WOOF will be selling sponsorship opportunities. People will be able to purchase naming rights to benches, trees, and pavers. They can have engraved the name of a pet, a person, or a business.

There will also be silent auctions to raise money for WOOF.

The event is free.