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Somerville Dog Festival
For immediate release: The Somerville Foundation for Animals (501(c)3 pending) announces the 3rd Annual Somerville Dog Festival. This year the festival will be held in a new location - Trum Field on Broadway. Food for the event will be provided by Olde Magoun’s Saloon. Admission is free but donations accepted.
The fundraiser to benefit local animal-related charities will feature a variety of exciting dog sports demonstrations and multiple “try it” rings in which the public can try sports and games with their dogs. To accommodate the expanded event schedule and ever-increasing attendance, the City of Somerville has again graciously donated space for the event.
“A major partner and key element in the success of this event is the City of Somerville’s active participation and support of the event,” said Dr. Adam Parker of Porter Square Veterinarian and president of the foundation. "Our goal is to provide opportunities for families to enjoy healthy activities in the city with their dog and raise funds to support animals in need." Past beneficiaries have included Northeast Animal Shelter, Animal Rescue League of Boston and Massachusetts Vest-a-Dog.
Organizational partners of the Somerville Dog Festival include Porter Square Veterinarian, City Dog Training and RiverDog Daycare.
Planned exhibitions and “try its” include dog agility, freestyle, working dogs including Somerville Police K9 unit, Frisbee dogs, treibball, urban mushing and tracking demos. There will also be the crowd-pleasing canine fashion show, best trick contest and best dressed dog contest emceed by acclaimed author Susan Conant. A silent auction as well as a free “Come when Called” clinic and training instruction will also be offered. For more information, go to http://www.somdogfest.org
More About Trum Field
That all-American sound—the crack of a bat sending a baseball into outfield—has been ringing out at Trum Field since its founding in 1903. But since a 2008 renovation, the dozens of little league and school teams that play here have done so in a much spiffier setting. Gorgeous real turf spans the 4.8-acre complex, which is home to two baseball diamonds, basketball courts and spacious bleachers. Like a crown, the new Marshall Sloane Field House sits before it all. It's arching roof creates shade for performers at community events, and below it houses clean restrooms. New landscaping and benches along Broadway transformed what was once just a chain-link fence into appealing public space.
In addition to providing much needed field space for local and student athletes, the field is also used for City events including the annual July 4th Fireworks.