Welcome to Toby’s Blog!
Hi everyone, Toby here! Welcome to our brand new website for Toby’s Pet Parade & Fair! We’re so excited to have a place where we can share amazing updates, photos and information regarding our annual event. You can also check…
Hi everyone, Toby here! Welcome to our brand new website for Toby’s Pet Parade & Fair! We’re so excited to have a place where we can share amazing updates, photos and information regarding our annual event. You can also check back here for personal updates from me – on my very own blog! I’m so happy that I can share the progress we’re making for a fur-tastic 2017 Toby’s Pet Parade & Fair. But before I delve into the exciting new information for this year, let’s look back at last year’s big event – the 1st annual Toby’s Pet Parade & Fair.
A look back…
I can’t believe that it’s already been almost six months since our debut event! It was such a blast, and I had a barking good time serving as the grand marshal for the Parade. Riding in the Crosley was a definite highlight for me! Although I do wish it had a little more room to nap (hey, what can I say, I’m a guy who loves his naps!).
Overall, we had 142 dogs walk in the Parade; and over 500 people attended to watch the Parade and take part in the Fair! The costumes were SO GREAT! We had everything from doggie cops and fairies to dinosaurs, lions and even E.T. – and yeah, I mean the Extra Terrestrial. It was such a treat to see all the creativity. I’ve got to say, the judges certainly had their work cut out for them because it was a tough decision choosing winners for the costume contests, and everyone looked like winners to me!
Not only did we have the support of the community and Parade participants, we also had the support of 38 sponsors and vendors as well as 79 incredible volunteers to help us throughout our big day. And in the end, it was truly a team success as we were able to raise over $46,000 for Foothills Animal Shelter! Best. First. Year. Event. Ever! Of course, that’s just me speaking!
Get Ready for #TobysPetParade 2017!
So now that we covered the awesomeness that was our 1st annual Toby’s Pet Parade & Fair, let’s talk about the UBER-“PAW”ESOMNESS that is going to be the 2nd annual Toby’s Pet Parade & Fair!
To begin, I am so thrilled to announce that this year’s Toby’s Pet Parade & Fair will be on September 16, 2017 in Downtown Golden! Yes, you read that right! This year we will be parading down Washington Avenue, and we will be hosting the Fair in Parfet Park. And, boy what a Fair it will be! Not only will we have another group of fun and interesting vendors to visit with, we will also have family-friendly activities such as: face painting, caricatures, dog agility demonstrations, live music and food trucks (where no doubt you’ll find me)! We will also be announcing the costume contest winners at the Fair. It’ll definitely be something you won’t want to miss!
I do have to mention that none of this would be possible without the help of our amazing sponsors. We are happy to report that Credit Union of Denver will again be joining us this year as our presenting sponsor, and 9News will again serve as our media sponsor. We could not thank them enough for their dedicated support of this event and of our mission to help as many homeless animals as possible at Foothills Animal Shelter.
I could go on and on and on about all our wonderful plans for our 2nd annual Toby’s Pet Parade & Fair, but I don’t want to bark anyone’s ear off, and we have plenty more time for that in the coming months :). Just know that I and all the awesome staff at Foothills Animal Shelter will be working hard to make this an event you won’t forget. I am already so excited to see what everyone will be coming up with for their costumes! And don’t forget, the Fair is free to attend if you choose not to enter the Parade. You can also donate on behalf of a Parade participant or on behalf of all the animals at Foothills Animal Shelter. Because, in the end, this event really is for all the animals like me! I certainly wouldn’t be the terrific Toby I am today without the help of my friends at Foothills Animal Shelter.
I want to give a big THANK YOU to everyone who participated in and/or attended our first annual event and I can’t wait to see you all at this year’s Toby’s Pet Parade & Fair. I’ll be heading up the parade this year, and hey, I may even be looking for another co-pilot to ride with me! So get ready, get set, and start getting those costumes ready because September will be here before you know it!
Bow wow wow,
Your friend Toby
P.S. Are you wondering who I am? Read my full story here.