2016 Events Schedule

pet rock 2013 photoStage One (the Music Stage)

Schedule subject to change

Emcee: Peter “Zip” Zipfel


Noon: opening ceremony

12:15p.m. Stan Matthews

1:00p.m. She’s Busy

2 p.m. The Houston Bernard Band

3:30 p.m. Hero Awards presented

4 p.m. Cara Brindisi

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 Best Friends Grooming Salon. Judged by TD Bank and other sponsors.

2:00p.m.Best Ears

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

2:30p.m. Waggiest Tail

2:45p.m. Best Vocalist

3:00p.m. Sweetest Face

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

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

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. 


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 2016 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 from the Music Stage (check times for announcements) : see below for updated list of raffle prizes.


The Vegetarian Food Court is back, hosted by the Boston Vegetarian Society. 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.

Annie’s Book Stop sponsors Pet Rock’s Book Nook. At it, there will be animal-related books for sale, and also two featured authors-Hazel Mitchell and Janet Lawler-signing copies of their works.

CMDART teams offer the agility course. Run your pooch through the hoops, up the ramps and around the poles and test his or her agility.

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

Animal mascots roam the grounds

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 Burt, Thomas and Wyatt from Burt’s Brigade, Gizmo from Gizmo’s Frens, 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 rabies clinic and microchipping (subject to change)

Ann Benard and Heart of Gold Reiki for Animals perform Reiki on participating pets

Becker College, and its students, host pet first aid demonstrations, and hand out literature. Becker also conducts “Pet Myth Busters” (which is similar to “Ask the Vet”).

Rosemary Roman Nolan, LMT, Reiki Master and proprietress of Howe Street Handworks of East Brookfield, offers seated chair massage and table/sports massage for people; RockTape kinesiology taping for human sports or stress-related injuries; pet massage; and Reiki for both people and animals.


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!

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