Lewes Winter Fest Barkfest - YAPPY HOUR ~ Click here to see our YouTube video.
(For Pets & People Who Like to Yap!)
Part of LEWES WINTER FEST BARKFEST, Yappy Hour happens Friday before VALENTINE’S DAY, and on Saturday, the 7th Annual Pet Pageant will be held on Bank (Bark!) Street in Lewes.
The event gives Valentine’s Day shoppers and diners additional activities in which to participate and attend. It has become more “dog-centric” in the past couple of years. The popular event has included a unique Pet Pageant for the past six years (although last year’s was cancelled due to weather) on Saturday afternoon and two years ago another event was added on Friday evening – a Yappy Hour for Pets and People who like to “Yap.” COMCAST SPOTLIGHT continues as the event’s Media Sponsor and financial contributor for the seventh year. During the two-day Winter Fest event, numerous retail businesses and restaurants will be offering Valentine holiday-themed specials including discounts on specific items.
The Yappy Hour component of this year’s Winter Fest Barkfest was conceived by Lesley Bowers, owner of P.U.P.S. (Pawsitively Unique Pet Shop) on Second Street who also initiated the Pet Pageant seven years ago. Irish Eyes Pub & Restaurant on the canal in Lewes will host pets, their owners and people who like to “yap” on Friday, February 8 from 5 – 7 p.m. on their heated, enclosed porch. The Georgetown S P C A will host a “Fill the Van” during both events at which time they are soliciting donations of blankets, sheets, pet food, kitty litter, toys , dog bones and bleach for cleaning their kennels. Attendees to the Yappy Hour can come with or without pets and dogs should be on a leash with one dog and one handler. Irish Eyes will feature specialty beverages that evening such as a Bark-tini, Cat-atonic, Mutt-ini and there will be a 50/50 raffle benefitting the Georgetown SPCA. Additionally, Irish Eyes is donating 10% of their total food sales for the entire day to the SPCA.
On Saturday, February 9 at 2 p.m., the popular Pet Pageant returns to BARK Street (Bank Street-temporarily renamed for the event) where pets of all sizes and shapes, ages and genders strut their stuff in front of the judges and the crowds. The four categories of competition are Formal Wear, Leisure Wear, Companion Look Alike and Kids Freestyle, open only to children. Registration takes place at P.U.P.S. (Pawsitively Unique Pet Shop) at 117 Second Street. You also can register the day of the event in front of Citizens Bank from Noon – 1:30 p.m. The registration entry donation is $5 and benefits the Georgetown SPCA. All contestants must be on-site no later than 1:30 p.m. to receive their entry numbers. Contestants will line up with their owners at 1:45 p.m. behind Citizens Bank. The judges will award three prizes in each of four categories. This year, very special shelter dogs will be at the event to show their unconditional love and to look for their forever homes.
This year’s judges are Kathy Davison of COMCAST SPOTLIGHT, Ashley King, owner of Piccolino, and Debbie Sheing, both owners of dogs that have been past first place Pet Pageant award winners.
For more information about the event, contact the Lewes Chamber of Commerce at 302-645-8073.
Irish Eyes Restaurant & Pub, 5-7 pm
Anglers Road, Lewes