About 100 long-eared, low-to-the-ground hounds will sniff out some fun in Gahanna next month for BassetFest 2017.
The Ohio Basset Hound Rescue will host its annual event at Pizzurro Park, 940 Pizzuro Park Road off South Hamilton Road, from noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 16.
Eva DeVaughn, rescue director, said the event changed venues this year. It generally attracts as many as 100 bassets and their owners from around Ohio as well as California, Georgia, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Kentucky and Michigan.
The rescue, based in Goshen near Cincinnati, is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to helping the homeless hounds of Ohio.
Its volunteer network spans all four corners of Ohio, with foster families opening their homes and hearts to homeless dogs.
All funds for the nonprofit rescue come through donations and fundraisers.
DeVaughn said BassetFest attendance is free, but a jar will be available for donations.
Contributions for the event or a general donation also can be made by contacting DeVaughn at babynugs2003 @yahoo.com.
"We will have a fashion show, games for the dogs, a raffle, food and an auction," she said.
Contest categories include the dog with the longest ears, biggest feet and most freckles, plus oldest and youngest.
Also planned are a raffle, a live auction, T-shirt sales, OBHR 2018 calendar sales, games, food and a costume contest.
All breeds of dogs are welcome, though the focus will be on bassets.
Some OBHR dogs up for adoption will attend BassetFest, including one named Clara.
Debbie Hartman of Walhonding, a foster pet caregiver, said Clara is the sweetest senior basset-mix she has ever met.
"She likes rides in any kind of vehicle -- a truck, ATV or hay wagon," she said. "She loves attention from everybody. She's good with cats and dogs."
Clara also is gracious about being dressed up in seasonal dog clothes, according to Hartman.
The rescue takes in bassets that people find as strays when unable to find their owners, from local shelters to keep them from being euthanized, and from hoarding situations and backyard breeders.
Once a basset is part of the rescue, it is fully vetted then placed in foster care.
For details about the rescue or dogs available for adoption, visit ohiobassetrescue.org.
Gahanna's Pizzurro Park includes more than 23 acres and is home to a dog park that features a four-acre fenced area where canines may run off-leash.
The dog park includes a fenced area for small dogs, 25 pounds or less, and an agility area for all dogs.
A paved path runs through the large-dog area, making it accessible for wheelchairs.
Dogs must be on-leash when outside the fenced-in area, according to city rules.
The park also includes a canoe launch, creek fishing and a port-a-let.