2017 Events Schedule

pet rock 2013 photoStage One (the Music Stage)

Schedule subject to change

Emcee: Peter “Zip” Zipfel


Noon: opening ceremony

12:15p.m. James Keyes

1:00p.m. The Flock

2 p.m. Rachel McCartney 

3:30 p.m. Hero Awards presented

4 p.m. My Silent Bravery 

Stage Two (The Animal Action Stage)

Schedule subject to change

1 p.m. Adoptable Pet Parade

2:00 p.m.  Amateur Dog Show

Prizes include medals, trophies and gifts from Especially for Pets, John Paul Pet and Nutra-9. Judged by TD Bank and other sponsors.

2 p.m. Best Ears

2:15 p.m. Owner-Dog Look Alike

2:30 p.m. Waggiest Tail

2:45 p.m. Best Vocalist

3 p.m. Sweetest Face

1 and 3 p.m. Mass Vest-a-Dog presents K-9 demos

3:45 p.m. Drawing for the two lottery winners (each receiving $500 from Pet Rock)


Cat Photo Contest sponsored by the Pet Barn, ribbons and winners posted at the start of the festival, as this year, the contest is pre-judged by representatives from the Pet Barn. Winners receive gifts from the Pet Barn, and the top 12 will be in our coveted 2018 Pet Rock Fest Calendar! ENTRY PAGE TO BE ADDED

Buy your official Pet Rock T-shirt

Sign up for the Dog Contest

Pick up information and pamphlets distributed by various animal organizations

The display of the Wall of Shame and Wall of Fame – check out the best and worst in animal news this year

Sign up for the Pet Rock email list

Take part in the raffle, which is called in three rounds at the information tent (check times for announcements): see below for updated list of raffle prizes.


The Vegetarian Food Court is back, this year hosted by New England VegFest! This food court, which is in addition to our standard vendors that serve fried dough, fries, pizza and wraps, includes vendors such as Loving Hut. This year, as with years past and forever more, don’t look for meat at this festival. Think about it, folks; We’re loving animals today.

TAKE YOUR DOG THROUGH THE AGILITY COURSE:  The Central Massachusetts Disaster Animal Response Team (CMDART) combines agility with an opportunity to learn about personal emergency preparedness for you and your pet. The agility try-it course has been a yearly feature of Pet Rock where pet owners get a chance to see if “Floxy and Muffy” might just be the next would-be agility champion. Agility is about teamwork and partnerships between you and your dog. Obstacles are placed in an orderly pattern to reach a goal, much the same as personal and community disaster planning.
CMDART agility volunteers offer participants a mini-training on how best to “take” an obstacle. You have to have a plan in agility and you practice that in training. Attendees will get a chance to learn how go over jumps, go through a hoop, a tunnel, and over teeters and makeshift dog walks. One hopes that you and your dog communicate effectively to reach  the goal in the time allowed or better. This is a good analogy for planning for disasters and particularly evacuations….you have a certain amount of time to get out with your pet  and with all disasters, there will be multiple obstacles.. Whether its your family, a team, or your community;  the more you practice an emergency plan, the more likely you will be to survive the disaster or emergency with the least amount of stress or trauma.
The agility try-its is an annual fun (d) raiser for CMDART which, as a private nonprofit disaster team, depends upon these events to aid their mission of helping pet owners during disasters. There is a requested  minimum donation of $7 to get the mini-training. 

Visit with alpacas and learn more about them with Angel Hair Alpacas 

American Red Cross of Central MA gives demonstrations on pet safety and emergency response

Animal mascots roam the grounds, including Worcester Railers Hockey Club’s “Trax”

Take your picture at the SWOON BOOTH, and share it on social media right from the event. If you want to purchase this high quality shot with a professional background later, you will have the chance to do so

Meet the rescued animals from Ironshoe Farms! 

Andi the Clown paints faces and delights kids

Bobo the Clown makes animal balloons!

Mass Vest-Dog K-9 demos

Pups in the Air Frisbee dog performances at noon and 2:30 p.m.

Face painting and other kids’ activities

Juno’s Place not only welcomes its spokesperson, Juno, who poses for photos and hangs with fans. But Juno is joined by fellow famous Facebook dogs Hudson from Hudson the Railroad Puppy and Jameson from Jameson’s Journey
VCA Hospitals answer questions regarding your pets wellness care  through our “Ask the Vet” sessions.  VCA also provides a free rabies clinic and low-cost microchipping (subject to change)

My Kyle Cat greets fans and concerned citizens. Kyle is a philanthropic, Reddit-famous, Instagram-loving rescue with 3 teeth, no claws, severe dandruff, hip dysplasia, and a crooked ear. Also, he witnessed a murder… a domestic violence (DV) incident between his former humans that ended fatally. Kyle wants to use his glorious ‘stache and undeniable charm to prevent incidents like the one his former owner experienced and advocate for animal-friendly DV shelters to help victims feel comfortable escaping their dangerous situations.



Basket from BarkBox

Gift baskets donated from all participating nonprofits 

Want to donate a prize? Email petrockfest@gmail.com



  1. Massachusetts Against Horse Slaughter is thrilled to be part of Pet Rock Fest 2015 at Becker College! Thank you, Charlene Arsenault, you can’t imagine what this outreach opportunity means to this advocate’s efforts on behalf of horse welfare. Thank you very much for including us!
    I know from previous outreach efforts that Pet Rock Fest is a fun and unique event that focuses on the positive efforts of humans on behalf of the animals that we so treasure, and who depend on us.
    I am very excited to again have the opportunity to be among compassionate, responsible people who “walk the talk” for animals.
    Best wishes for a fabulous Pet Rock 2015!

  2. paulette says:

    Where are you going next, I missed it, I was working. I would love to know the next couple of locations. Maybe I will get to one of them. I own 2 rescue cats myself, I did the rescuing, a pug, and horses. Which maybe you could help me with one of them find a New home as I can no longer keep up with two cuz I’m on disability now. He needs love and some use.hes 26 but in awesome shape, trail riding all the way,push button, and yes. I would have to say pretty much bomb proof. Does anything you ask of him.he loves to work and please.if you do get to read this and know of a permanent home for him. I. Would be in ur debt.brown and white paint, both blue eyes, 15 hands, perfect size, great ring horse for a young kid to start showing.he loves showing off. Not asking a lot, and he goes with all his tack and blankets. Does not need to wear shoes, so that alone saves money.
    Thank you
    Paulette Gladys

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