Lake Metroparks Farmpark
June 9 & 10 • 10:30 am to 5 pm
Lake Metroparks Farmpark barks up the right tree
It’s a dog’s world at Farmpark during Working Dog Weekend. Discover the many roles that the versatile canine has played in our lives. From the tiny terrier hunting rodents underground to the Newfoundlands, the gentle giants, rescuing boaters stranded in the water. Throughout history, dogs have assisted man in his daily life as hunters, herders, guard dogs and draft animals. They are partners in law enforcement, guide the blind and provide therapy by visiting hospitals and nursing homes.
Watch dogs play and show off their skills during Working Dog Weekend at Farmpark June 9 and 10. The event is presented by Discount Drug Mart and Tractor Supply Company; also supported by Big Creek Veterinary Hospital, Western Reserve Cooperative, Lake/Geauga Family Magazine and Gander Mountain of Mentor.
The park opens at 9 am; activities run 10:30 am to 5 pm. Due to the nature of the facility and event, please do not bring your pets.
New this year is “Work like a Dog, Play like a Dog.”
Experience the world as a dog and try your “paw” at herding “sheep,” guiding the blind, pulling a cart or sled, and solving a mystery with Ranger Donaldson and his K-9 partner Carly using only your nose. You can also play some doggie games like agility, flyball & Frisbee. Real dogs will be on hand to show you how they work and play.
Another new feature is the “Working Dog Weekend Pet Hospital.” Doctors Wendy and Tom Frankmann or Jessica deMarco from the Animal Clinic of Chardon will guide you through a wellness exam on a real dog. Hear its heartbeat through a stethoscope and learn to check eyes, ears and teeth. Bring your favorite stuffed toy dog to our clinic for a checkup too. Look through a microscope at a flea, see x-rays of puppies before they are born, discover how a microchip works and make a cone collar for your stuffed dog. You can also make a dog toy to take home to your favorite canine friend.
There will also be plenty of jumping, flying, and splashing in the pond as The Buckeye DockDogs return to demonstrate dock diving. Watch as these canine athletes exhibit their techniques for success in big air, equivalent to a long jump for their human counterparts. The Hyperflite Skyhoundz World Canine Disc Championship Series returns to Farmpark during Working Dog Weekend. Watch dogs fly through the air as they compete with their human partners for distance and accuracy of throw and catch during. 4-H clubs and representatives from a variety of canine organizations will be present with their dogs to provide information about their services. Shop the many vendors offering pet-related items and services, plus make a craft at the kids’ activity area in the Plant Science Center.
Reading to Rover, a program developed to help children improve their reading and social skills, builds self-confidence by providing a fun, non-judgmental and comfortable environment where children read to dogs. Stop by the Grain Room (located in the Arena) between 1 and 3 pm and read to one of these wonderfully trained, gentle therapy dogs. Children’s books will be provided for our younger guests by the Geauga West Library.
Other guests & demonstrations throughout the weekend include:
- Chagrin Valley Hunt Club
- Canine Freestyle Federation
- Great Dane Club of Cleveland
- Ohio Search & Rescue
- Field & water skills
- Horse & hound relay
- Parade of breeds
- Police K-9 units
- Sled dogs
- Obedience & agility
- Rescue groups
- Service dogs
- Pony rides ($4)
Pick up something special for Rover in the Farmpark Gift Shop and treat yourself to a tasty bite in the J & J Café at Farmpark.
Admission to Working Dog Weekend is $6; $5 for ages 60 and older; $4 for ages 2 to 11; and children younger than 2 are FREE. Farmpark members receive FREE admission. For more information about Working Dog Weekend, visit lakemetroparks.com or call (440) 256-2122 or (800) 366-FARM (3276). All Farmpark daily activities are included with admission to Working Dog Weekend.
Lake Metroparks Farmpark is located at 8800 Euclid Chardon Rd in Kirtland.
Take I-90 to the Rt. 306 exit. Head south on Route 306 five miles to Euclid Chardon Road (Route 6); turn left on Route 6, and head east one mile. Entrance to Farmpark is on the right.
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