Hitch your waggin’ to the dogfest

ABOVE: The Wonderdogs will perform two shows at Bonalbo. Photos: Contributed

Bonalbo is having a DogFest.

And there is no better place for the first of its kind festival on the Northern Rivers.

The first working dog trials in Australia were held at the 1950 Bonalbo Show.

A bronze dog statue sits in the village park to mark the occasion.

So, a DogFest is fitting and fun.

Bonalbo SOS Progress Association president John Tart said the vision for the festival is for people to come along, with or without dog, have fun, win a prize, meet the Wonderdogs and listen to live music.

There will be songs about dogs, Mr Tart said.

“Even the coffee van is called Backyard Dog.”

The Wonderdogs.

DogFest is for all dogs and good dogs on leash are very welcome to attend.

DogFest starts on Friday, March 17 at the Bonalbo Hall. There will be the opening of the DogFest Art Exhibition at 5.30pm. Then you can eat free hotdogs and popcorn and watch the film Red Dog on the big screen at 7pm.

Saturday, March 18 is the main day at the showground, 10am–4pm and entry is free.

There is a free barbecue and the Wonderdogs from the Hunter Valley are coming to Bonalbo for two shows. That’s not all. You can get your face painted like a dog.

There’s a lot more detail to come about DogFest.

Find out more about the Wonderdogs here.

Government Community Connector Grants support this festival.

Sharon Tucker is the event co-ordinator. Call her on 0419 560 462.

Come see me at the Dogfest.
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