The annual New Canaan Dog Days outdoor festival for canines and their human companions is set to take place from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 8, in downtown New Canaan.
Contests with prizes, photo areas, a human/pet fashion contest, a parade and car show, and a pet food and supply drive are among the activities at the event.
Vintage and classic cars, bicycles with baskets, motorcycles with side cars, little red wagons with dogs and their humans are invited to participate in the "Cool Dogs in Hot Rides" parade at noon.
A contest for the best human/pet fashion statement also will be conducted. Guests will be able to register on site, get a number and the viewing crowd will contribute their votes for favorite matching or theme fashion statement via their mobile phones. Prizes will be awarded.
Donations of pet food and gently used or new pet supplies are requested for STARelief. Each person that donates will receive a chance to win one of several door prizes donated by area businesses. Other options to donate include visiting any of the several drop sites from June 1 to 7 to leave items in specially marked containers. To purchase a bag of items to be donated, Village Critter Outfitter has Super Hero prepacked bags of needed items.
Items most requested at the shelters and at STARelief Pet Assistance & Pantry in Stamford include canned cat and dog foods, kitty litter, dry cat food, towels and dog treats. Leashes, collars, beds, crates, toys and other items will be appreciated. Drop-off sites can be found by visiting www.newcanaandogdays.com.
The day's events benefit Pet Animal Welfare Society of Norwalk and STARelief Pet Assistance & Pantry in Stamford.
Admission is free. Participants gather in Village Critter Outfitter's parking lot, 107 Cherry St., and visit with exhibitors on Cherry Street, which will be closed to automobile traffic.