Source: Cameron Luttrell, Atlanta Patch
ATLANTA, GA — WoodRUFF Bark, a signature event in Downtown Atlanta's Woodruff Park, began in 2017 as a Halloween pet parade and costume contest. For 2018, the park is morphing this pup-centric event into one that is even truer to its Downtown roots: Doggy Con.
WoodRUFF Bark invites metro-Atlantans and their four-legged friends for a morning of dog-friendly fun, featuring a pet parade, costume contest, doggy-centric vendors, prizes, and much more. Doggy Con will be held at 91 Peachtree St NW on Woodruff Park's Main Lawn. from 9 a.m.- noon.
Doggy Con is inspired by Dragon Con, one of the world's largest pop culture conventions that attracts thousands of attendees over Labor Day weekend. For many Atlantans, Dragon Con has become a holiday of its own, with eccentric costumes, a festive atmosphere, and plenty of fandom.
Entrants must register to participate in the costume contest. Register for $10 by August 16 online or register onsite at the event for $15. All funds raised from the event go directly back to supporting Woodruff Park.
Doggy Con At-A-Glance Details and Schedule:
- Where: Woodruff Pak Main Lawn, 91 Peachtree St. NW
- When: Saturday, August 25 from 9 a.m. to noon, rain or shine
- 9 a.m. Bib pick-up for costume parade (walk-up registration also available)
- 10 a.m. Parade begins
- 11 a.m. Prize ceremony
Prizes: The first 25 attendees to register will receive a special tote bag featuring the event illustration by Rachal Duggan. Prizes include two five-day passes to Dragon Con, plus goods from Big Daddy Biscuits, The Whole Dog Market, and more. All participants will receive a free Woodruff Park and Dragon Con giveaway item.
Contest categories: Best in Show; Best Doggie/Owner "Con-bo"; Best Cosplay Costume.
In addition to being part of a dog costume parade, attendees will also enjoy pup products from these vendors:
To explore the full lineup of park events, including weekly and monthly programs, visit the Woodruff Park event calendar online.