Woofstock brings people and pets to the park on a beautiful fall day

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[October 08, 2012]     Send a link to a friend

On Saturday, Anytime Fitness and the Humane Society of Logan County hosted their first-ever "Woofstock" event at Kickapoo Creek Park.

The weather was perfect for a brisk walk in the park, with sunny skies and cool temperatures.

The day was designed for dog lovers to bring their pets out to the park and just have a great time walking in the woods, visiting with other dogs and dog owners, participating in pet-friendly activities and of course having a bite to eat.

Ellen Burbage, president of the Humane Society of Logan County, said it was a very successful day, and she couldn't have been happier to see so many turn out.

She said all the credit for the idea goes to Josh Slightom of Anytime Fitness. Slightom loves animals, Burbage said, and wants people to get out and exercise. Putting the two together for the Woofstock event seemed like a good way to encourage people to exercise and at the same time do something good for the HSLC. Throughout the two locations where vendors were set up, there were donation boxes for the society.

In addition there was a silent auction with some really great items donated by local retailers, with all those proceeds going to the society.

Burbage said with the great turnout they had this year, she is hoping that this will become an annual event to help support the organization.

At the main pavilion of the park, the Logan County Department of Public Health was on hand doing blood pressure checks and offering information on health department programs.  The Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois was also at that location offering information about Head Start and Early Head Start programs in Lincoln and Logan County.

At the picnic area on the southwest corner of the park, there were activities for kids and pets, vendors with products for pets and people, and Crime Stoppers was there as well.

The Humane Society of Logan County also had their table set up selling their sweats, T-shirts and other HSLC items.

Pictures by Nila Smith






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