Family- and dog-friendly celebration at Killeen Rodeo grounds features canine dock diving competition, beach party, food trucks
Emancipet Killeen’s second annual Howl at the Moon Glow Fest will take place Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 3 and 4 at the Killeen Rodeo Grounds, 3201 South W.S. Young Drive. Tickets and advance purchase wristbands are available at http://emancipet.org/events/howl-at-the-moon/.
The family-friendly event features a dog jumping and retrieving water sports competition by the Heart of Texas DockDogs, an all-day beach party with music, local vendors and food trucks, interactive games, prizes, and contests for people and their pets. All proceeds benefit Emancipet Killeen, a non-profit organization that makes high-quality, low-cost veterinary care accessible for all pet owners.
Saturday night after sundown, attendees and their pets can compete for Glow Glam awards and enter the Howl Contest, then stroll around the rodeo arena grounds for the Howl at the Moon Glow Walk. Afterwards, the beach party continues with live music by One Fine Burrito.
People can sign up their dog to compete in the DockDogs water sports competition (professional or amateur) by registering online at https://dockdogs.com/eventscal/howl-at-the-moon/.
All-access wristbands for Howl at the Moon Glow Fest include admission to both days of the DockDogs competition, admission to Saturday night’s beach party and Glow Walk, and two tickets for door prize drawings. The first 500 wristband purchasers will also receive a tote bag with surprises.
Wristbands are $25 per person ($30 if purchased at the gate), or four for $90 if purchased in advance. Children under 12 receive free entry with an adult’s paid admission.
The festivities take place from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Well-behaved dogs are welcome (limit two dogs per participant). All dogs must wear a collar with an ID tag and be on a standard leash (no retractable leashes, please).
Emancipet Killeen serves Bell, Coryell, Lampasas, and northern Williamson counties. Since opening its doors in 2014, Emancipet Killeen has provided low-cost spay/neuter and veterinary care to more than 15,000 pets.
“The funds raised at the Howl at the Moon Glow Fest help Emancipet continue to increase access to safe, affordable spay/neuter and veterinary services for the pets and people who love them of the Greater Killeen/Fort Hood Area,” says Grazyna Musick, community director of Emancipet Killeen.
“We had a great turnout at last year’s event, and this year will be even more fun and exciting with the DockDogs water competition. We hope everyone will come root for these amazing dogs as they swim, jump, and retrieve, then stay to dance, stroll, and howl at the moon with us,” Musick says.
For more information, visit http://emancipet.org/events/howl-at-the-moon/.