The 9th Annual DogFest on Saturday, April 16th was another huge success, raising over $108,000 to benefit McKinley Elementary School, the K-5 public school at Castro and 14th Streets, as well as offering a festival of fun and entertainment for dogs, kids, and parents.

There were the usual entertaining competitions for dogs and their human owners with celebrity judges picking winners in seven categories: Best Costume, Best Tail, Best Trick, Best Coat, Best Mutt, and Best Ears.  Perhaps the most amusing contest was for the Best Lap Dog. You might have expected small cute dogs to participate but there were a number of huge dogs that looked as though they weighed as much as their owners.dogfest

The one contest not decided by the judges was the Openly Corrupt Best-In-Show. 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 the Master of Ceremonies and provided a humorous running commentary that was great standup comedy.  Supervisors Scott Wiener and London Breed, Chronicle columnist Leah Garchik, Eric Rasmussen from KTVU, Charly Kayle from KOIT, and (Three) Sister of Perpetual Indulgence were among the judges.
Cheer San Francisco provided half-time entertainment and performed cutting-edge cheerleading routines.  There 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.

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