Pet Rock Fest, The 16th Annual, Moves to Sturbridge, MA
Pet Rock Fest, the largest animal benefit of its kind in New England, is celebrating more than 15 years of helping animals. And also a big move.
The festival, happening on Sunday, Sept. 7, from noon to 5 p.m., moves to the Sturbridge Host Hotel, 366 Main St., Sturbridge.
“While Quinsigamond Community College has been our home for more than ten years, and served us well, circumstances and new regulations pushed us to look for a new place,” said founding partner Charlene Arsenault. “The key is to bring in proceeds to help charities, and that will continue to be the point. The Sturbridge Host is a wonderful spot, right on a lake, and offers amenities that will provide advantages we have not had in the past. They are giving us a huge welcome, and are very accommodating. We hope our longtime partners and fans will ease into the move right along with us.”
Pet Rock Fest features live music (bands to be announced later this summer), a vegetarian food court, games for kids, contests for dogs, a cat photo contest, photos with your pets, doggie massages, a doggie water park, demonstrations, exhibits, vendors and, most importantly, hundreds of nonprofit groups devoted to animal welfare causes. All animals.
Pet Rock Fest gives its proceeds to worthy animal related charities that support a variety of causes, from shelters to law reform to farm animal sanctuaries. It is important to remember that Pet Rock Fest benefits all animals – not just pets.
“While we were not entirely prepared to move the Pet Rock Festival from the established venue at QCC, the offer from the Sturbridge Host Hotel and Conference Center to hold the festival at their beautiful site has actually become an opportunity to reach out to a new and more diverse audience, expand our activities and offer assistance to more animal organizations,” said founding partner Jeannie Hebert. “That, of course, is always our mission. The Host’s General Manager, Russ Prentiss, and Sales Manager Connie Pion, are both long time friends and animal lovers and have extended us a warm welcome. We are working with them to produce some new activities. This is going to be an exciting Pet Rock Festival. Don’t miss it!”
Not only will Pet Rock Fest still offer the same favorites, such as the vegetarian food court, Frisbee dogs, agility course, adoptable pet parade, dog contest and cat contest, but the new venue offers some new options, including Pet Rock Beach, where your dog can take a dip in the lake. Yes, you heard it right. Your dog can go swimming!
The Sturbridge Host Hotel is conveniently located right off of the Massachusetts Turnpike, and offers plenty of parking. It is also a dog friendly hotel, and attendees will be offered special rates to stay at the hotel.
Much more information is coming. Pass along the word and plan to attend Pet Rock Fest.
Nonprofits, potential sponsors and vendors should email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Anyone wishing to volunteer should email David Russell at email@example.com.
For updates on the plans for the day, groups signed up to attend, and other official or not so official news, visit petrockfest.org or check us out on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/petrockfest and on Twitter @Petrockfestival.
Celebrating more than 15 years, Pet Rock Fest is the largest event of its kind in the Northeast, an annual festival that promotes kindness to animals and responsible pet ownership. Pet Rock Fest, held in September each year, is a family festival that features guest speakers, vegetarian food, live music, games, events, a raffle, vendors, and hundreds of area animal welfare organizations. Pet Rock is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. Donations are tax deductible.
If you’d like more information, visit www.petrockfest.org.