The 70th Turkey Trot Festival in Yellville, AR was a great event and we covered over the cost of our 2 booths and made $26.50 by selling dog cookies and a few cookbooks. Thousands of people stopped by to visit and to pet our dogs, and pick up AKC handouts about responsible dog ownership. I made over 100 packets of dog cookies which were sold out by 2 PM Saturday and the booth stays open until 6pm. Next year, we are going to need other volunteer to help on the cookies as this was 3 weekends of baking for me to make the 3 flavors of bone shaped dog cookies. I think 150-175 packets should be enough for next year.
Also this is the first year for the new AKC’s CGC Urban test, and I tested 4 dogs for NAKC member’s in the middle of this festival on Friday. Perfect location for noise, activities, food and just plain hustle and bustle of any larger city. Using my office as the “pet friendly” building with “steps” it was a perfect location and all these dogs were bomb proof. Not one cared about the running of people, crowded situations to walk nicely through, controlled crossing of crosswalks, etc. Proud of you all.
Want to thank many of our club members for helping out, and I know I don’t have all the names, and forgive me, I did appreciate the help. A special thanks to our new club member Angie Drake and her lovely dog for working the booth all day on Saturday! Patti Mole helped set up the tables and handouts and worked quite a few hours on Friday. Carol Rinker, although no longer a member, still loves to help out, and worked along side of Lori Sloas on Saturday morning before, during, and a little after the parade. Patti Sontag & Leda Thompson helped out after work for Patti on Friday. People were running up the streets to see the “gorgeous white dog” of Patti’s. Sno was a huge hit. A big thanks to my twin CJ Foster who drove out from Washington DC area a few days early to help get ready and work the 2 full days at Turkey Trot with her two poodles, plus walked the parade for our Therapy Dog group. A heartfelt thank you to Lynda Dudek & Charlie Polacek, for lending a hand setting up, tearing down and help at the tables, even though Paws of Love Therapy Dog booth was very busy most of the time. Thanks to Arlene Myslinski and Lila Bauwens for helping out at the booth. Bambi Walden helped set up and tear down with us, and was working the Low Cost Spay/Neuter booth next to us. We did a lot of talking, educating, and reaching out to our community. A very good time.
Cj L. Titus
Turkey Trot Chair