Winding summer down with a festival for dogs and people, Paws-itive Partners will host their annual Woofstock on Saturday, Aug. 24 at Memorial Park in North Platte.

Woofstock draws 200-300 dogs, and even more dog lovers to the 10 a.m.-2 p.m. get-together, now in its 12th year.

The goal is to celebrate the bond between people and dogs and the chance to stroll through the park and indulge dogs with lots of attention.

Dogs and owners can compete for prizes in ‘best dog contests’ including best trick, best kiss, best singer/vocal, best costume and highest jump, organizers say.

“New to Woofstock this year is The Paws-itively Amazing Talent Show for people. We are looking forward to all sorts of talents to entertain Woofstock goers,” Paws-itive Partners vice president Lora Wood said. Dog contestants and talent show contestants are encouraged to pre-register online at NPWoofstock

One of the sponsors, RA Productions, is providing music and emceeing Woofstock.

Wood said new vendors this year include the North Platte Public Library, North Platte Opportunity Center and 308 Designs.

The North Platte Public Library is giving out bookmarks featuring the library’s mascot dog and will have information about their new Reading Pawtners program.

There will be displays from Creation Station, an area in the library to make things using 3-D printers, a laser cutter, embroidery machine, button maker and much more.

The North Platte Opportunity Center will debut pet-theme notepads and tablets designed at their Copy Center, plus dog treats, candles and bath bombs all made by NPOC clients.

308 Designs is selling and taking orders for personalized welcome mats.

“Region 51 Emergency Management, Rock ‘N Paws Therapy Dogs, PALs of Cats, Advance America, TNR (Trap Neuter Return), Home of Hope Animal Rescue and Double M Agility are returning again this year. Double M is doing a dog agility show for us,” Wood said.

Veterinary clinics and veterinary techs will be at Woofstock offering services to dogs.

Skeklocha Veterinary Clinic, Heartland Animal Center, Westfield Small Animal Clinic, Tender Hearts Veterinary Clinic and Stockman’s Veterinary Clinic are Woofstock sponsors this year.  50/50 Raffle tickets and Woofstock shirts, made by Holly’s Homemade, will be sold at Woofstock.

If you’re feeling creative, Paws-itive Partners will have a DIY Tie Dye booth for creating one-of-a-kind dog bandanas. North Platte Pet Food Pantry will be accepting food/monetary donations.

“Nebraskaland National Bank is grilling hamburgers and hot dogs at Memorial Park and chips and beverages are included for lunch.  Paws-itive Partners is selling root beer floats and dogs will be treated to free dog ice cream,” Paws-itive Partners president Jo Mayber said.

“There are lots of booths to shop at, contests to watch or participate in, food to enjoy and give-a-ways for dogs,” added Mayber.

The North Platte Bulletin, Eagle Radio, NBC Nebraska2 and the North Platte Telegraph are media sponsors this year.

“Woofstock is just a fun day to strut your mutt and socialize with other dog lovers. We appreciate everyone coming out to support fundraisers such as Woofstock because without that support, we couldn’t do what we do,” Mayber said.

Paws-itive Partners provides pet services at a very low-cost to people and pets who need them most. Paws-itive Partners funds hundreds of low-cost cat and dog spays and neuters annually, helps finance veterinary care for animals at North Platte Animal Shelter, co-runs the North Platte Pet Food Pantry and provides foster care to cats and dogs in some emergency situations.

For more information about Woofstock, go to NP Woofstock or follow Paws-itive Partners on Facebook.