When and Where?!
Saturday, October 4, 2014
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Come Join the Fun!
Fredericksburg's Gone To The Dogs with Events Including:
5k Doggy Dash:
Run with your pup and get a sneak peek before the fair opens!!
Masquerade Dog Parade:
Dress up masquerade style with your dog and join us as we march through the Fairgrounds and then crown the King & Queen Dogs! Parade starts at noon. Included in entry fee.
- Passes to The Haunted Hill
- Passes to Wicked Woods
- Free pet portrait sitting ($150 value)
- Gift Certificate to Colonial Tavern
- More to be announced!
Other Attractions Include:
Canine Casino, Dog Adoption Park, Dog Fair Show Ring, Lure Course, Doggie Pools, Food/Vendors
Check out this compilation video by OddBox Studios, a creative space for Video and Photography
How do I get in?
With the exception of a $5 parking fee....FAIR ENTRY IS FREE!!
Donations will be accepted at the gate. ALL proceeds are used to benefit local animal shelters.
What about this 5k Doggy Dash?
Registration begins at 8 a.m. the morning of the Fair and the run begins at 9 a.m.
You MUST register in person!! $20 fee includes: t-shirt, a raffle ticket, fair entry, and water.
BUT WAIT! Save $5 by registering at a "Gone to the Dogs" Happy Hour!
- Thursday, September 18 & 25 from 5-7 at the Colonial Tavern. Address provided here.
- The patio is dog friendly. $3 Sam Adams Octoberfest and $2 Drafts.
redericksburg has a long and distinguished history of dog fairs dating back to 1698 when English settlers were reported to have come together with local Indian tribes to trade their English hunting dogs for furs, gold and hand made goods provided by the Indians. It was illegal for settlers to trade with the Indians until the House of Burgesses in Virginia voted to allow a resumption trade in the 1690’s. Local lore has it that the Indians coveted the hunting dogs of the settlers. At this point in time, Fredericksburg had not been named. The growing town was called Leaseland at the time and did not become Fredericksburg until 29 years later when the town was named after Frederick, Prince of Wales and the father of King George III. It is therefore worth noting that the history associated with dog events in the Fredericksburg area is older than the town itself and, for that matter, much older than the country to become known as the United States.
History has recorded that some form of dog-related event has occurred in the Fredericksburg area off and on ever since these early trading events. In the 1920s, the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce decided to take advantage of the extensive local history associated with dog trading by creating a yearly event to be known as the “Fredericksburg Dog Mart”. The idea of that time was to create a “destination signature event” to bolster tourism in the area. The event was established and enjoyed modest success until the Columbia Broadcasting Network in Washington, DC picked up on the uniqueness of the event in the 1940’s and began to advertise the event each year. The number of people attending the event grew steadily until the 1950s when feature articles in National Geographic and Times magazines resulted in a large surge in attendance. The National Geographic article reported that the event was the only event of its kind in the nation. At one point in the 1950s, the event was reported to draw an astounding 12,000 to 15,000 people from the region. During that time the event was known to many in the area as the single best event of the year.
In the 1960’s the city disallowed holding the event at Maury Field in an effort to preserve the field for its intended purpose therefore, the Izaak Walton League, who had become the lead organization for the Fredericksburg Dog Mart, moved the event to Spotsylvania County, which is still being held (September 28, 2013 see this for details). In an effort to continue the long standing tradition in Fredericksburg, the Fredericksburg’s Gone to the Dogs Charity was created in 2010 for the purposes of holding an annual Dog Fair event within the city limits of Fredericksburg to promote animal welfare through a grant program supporting local shelters. The first Fredericksburg Downtown Dog Fair was successfully held in October 2010, 2011 and 2012. However, due to construction in the Riverfront Park in downtown Fredericksburg, the Fredericksburg Dog Fair will be held at the Fredericksburg Fair Grounds on Saturday, October 5th.
The Fredericksburg’s Gone to the Dogs (FGTTD) Charity has given away over $30,000 in grants to local nonprofits such as the Lions Club for Leader Dogs, Greyhounds Rock, Fredericksburg Area SPCA, and Virginia Kincheloe Spay/Neuter Clinic. FGTTD hosts an annual fair in an effort to raise awareness and funds for animal welfare efforts. In doing so, FGTTD hopes to educate and enable resources for the community at large, enable care for animals in need, and make our communities NO KILL and a healthy, safe haven for animals. Putting this event together is a community effort in itself. The U.S. Humane Society has been involved since the beginning as well as civic organizations like the Lions Club, Ruritans, Boy Scouts, and Jaycees.
Every year the event grows with more exciting things to do with our beloved furry friends and family. There is ALWAYS a costume parade, contests for the animals and owners, K-9 demonstrations, games for dogs, live music, vendors, dog grooming and photography options; the list goes on and on.
The current list of vendors includes:
- Blue Gray Therapy Dogs
- Calypso Boarding Kennels
- Colonial K9
- DAR&E Doberman Rescue
- Dog Is Good
- Dogs In Style
- Four Paws Animal Clinic
- Fredericksburg SPCA
- Furry Farm Pet Boarding
- Greyhounds Rock Fredericksburg
- Koda's K & K
- Melvyhouse Press
- Orange County Animal Shelter
- Silpada Jewlery
- Smooth's Smoke House Inc
- St Setons Orphaned Animals/Thomas Beath Clinic
- Stafford SPCA
- Stormy Hill
- The Wholesome Pet
Apply for a Grant
Fredericksburg's Gone to the Dogs Charity (FGTTD Charity - IRS 501 (c) (3) #80-0588416) grant program seeks to assist organizations whose work can help alleviate the companion animal over-population problem.
Grants will generally be made in the $2,500 to $5,000 range, although requests outside either end of this range will be considered. FGTTD Charity anticipates giving out 3 to 10 grants per year.
For more information, download our document on How To Apply
For more information contact us at: Fredericksburgdogfair@gmail.com
Sponsored by the Fredericksburg's Gone to the Dogs Charity, a 501 c3 charity