DogFest returns to Duboce Park on Saturday, April 22th from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. This annual event is a celebration of dogs and kids benefitting McKinley Elementary School, a K-5 public school at Castro and 14th Streets.  The festival offers something for dogs, kids, and parents of both breeds.

There are lots of great competitions for dogs and their human owners and celebrity judges will pick winners in eight categories: Best Costume, Best Tail, Best Trick, Best Coat, Best Mutt, Best Ears, and Best Lap Dog. Register your dog to be part of the contests at

There’s also the Most Openly Corrupt Best-In-Show category. Here’s how that works: the winners of each of the main categories (bark, trick, etc.) and anyone who wants to buy their way in for $50 will be entered in the final contest of the day, the Openly Corrupt Best-In-Show contest. The audience will then vote for their favorite dog by putting donations into different buckets for the different dogs. At the end, the dog with the most donations will be crowned Best-In-Show. It really is corrupt, but it’s all in good fun with the goal of raising the most money possible for the school.

The very entertaining Daniel Handler, best known for his work under the pen name Lemony Snicket, will once again be the Master of Ceremonies for the Dog Show. The celebrity judges include: Leah Garchik, Chronicle columnist; the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence; and, Neal Gottleib, found of Three Twins Ice Cream.

There’s also entertainment, a raffle, a silent auction, a Chow Zone, a Rescue Zone, and a Kid Carnival featuring carnival games, bouncy houses, balloon animals, face painting, children’s activities, baked goods, cotton candy, popcorn, and snow cones.

All the proceeds from the event goes directly to support the academic and enrichment programs for more than 350 children at McKinley. For more information, the schedule of events, or to register your dog for a contest, visit



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