Animals and their owners will get an opportunity to strut their stuff on the streets of downtown Pickerington at the Olde Pickerington Village Petfest from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 7.

Animals and their owners will get an opportunity to strut their stuff on the streets of downtown Pickerington at the Olde Pickerington Village Petfest from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 7.

The event features a wide-array of petcentric activities including a pet parade, numerous pet-related vendors and, new this year, a chance to "Dine with your Dog."

Last year the event was held in September, however, sponsor Olde Pickerington Village Business Association moved it up this year to June to take advantage of the nice weather.

"As an organization we just sort of listened to input and feedback from participants, including vendors and pet owners," said David Huskey of the OVPBA. "It will be a little nicer to have it this time of year."

The Petfest will take place along West Columbus Street in downtown Pickerington and is free and open to the public.

"It's a nice family event," Huskey said.

"There are a wide variety of pets and animals that show up, everything from dogs, ferrets, snakes and birds -- the whole gamut," he said.

To ring in the dog days of summer, organizers have once again scheduled a Pet Parade and are encouraging people to bring their pets and participate.

"The streets are closed off so people don't have to worry about traffic," Huskey said.

"The Pet Parade is an excellent opportunity to take pictures of all those animals marching down the street," he said.

The Pet Parade will start at 7:30 p.m. at 80 W. Church Street, in the grassy area next to the Old Creamery Building.

This year's event also marks the introduction of "Dine with your Dog" courtesy of the Pickerington-Violet Township Historical Society.

It will be held in the plaza next to the Carnegie Building during the Petfest.

"The Historical Society will have a little food stand and will serve hot dogs, popcorn, bottled water and a rice-meat mixture for pets so you can actually buy a little treat for your pet," said Peggy Portier of the Historical Society.

Huskey said the Petfest has lined up more than 20 diverse vendors for the event, including pet rescue and adoption groups as well as vendors selling treats, clothes, grooming, training, daycare and containment services.

"There's a variety of things to look at and check out," he said.

For additional information about the Olde Pickerington Village Petfest, go to www.checktheinfo.com or contact David Huskey at (614) 837-9691.