The 10th Annual DogFest returned to Duboce Park on Saturday, April 22th and there were lots of great competitions for dogs and their human owners. 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 had something for everybody — dogs, kids, and parents of both breeds.

Celebrity judges picked winners in eight categories: Best Costume, Best Tail, Best Trick, Best Coat, Best Mutt, Best Ears, and Best Lap Dog. There was also the Most Openly Corrupt Best-In-Show where the audience voted for their favorite dog by putting donations into different buckets for the different dogs. At the end, the dog with the most donations was crowned Best-In-Show.

The very entertaining Daniel Handler, best known for his work under the pen name Lemony Snicket, was once again be the Master of Ceremonies for the Dog Show. He is really a funny guy and the job he did as emcee for the event was as good as any stand-up comedy club. The celebrity judges included: State Sen. Scott Wiener; Supervisor Jeff Sheehy; Leah Garchik, Chronicle columnist; the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence; Neal Gottleib, found of Three Twins Ice Cream, and Katy Wilcoxen.

The was 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. Cheer SF provided the intermission entertainment with some spectacular cheerleading routines which often included some of the kids attending.

All of the proceeds from the event went directly to support the academic and enrichment programs for more than 350 children at McKinley. According to the event’s public relations person Asako Nagata, total gross income was almost $125,000 and the total net was about $108,000, making this the largest grossing DogFest to date.  There are event photos on both the McKinley Facebook page week https://www.facebook.com/SF-Dogfest-269048683127446/  and the Duboce Park Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/duboceparksf/.


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