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1st Annual UP Pet Festival

June 8 @ 10:00 am - June 9 @ 8:00 pm

The UP Pet Festival is a full-weekend of pet fun and activities of all kinds, presented by D&D Dog Dynamics!

At the UP Pet Festival we’re bringing together all-things pet related. We’ll be featuring top notch entertainment, and exciting demonstrations. There’s plenty to do with your furry bff! Explore the marketplace, featuring a diverse array of pet products and accessories from talented local vendors. Get ready for delicious food favorites, for both people and pets. The first annual UP Pet Festival is set to be a paw-some day of bonding, laughter, and furry fun for the entire community.

K9 Demos, Agility, Rally, Conformation, Obedience, and Grooming Demos; Free Canine massages, and Nail trims for $10! Meet the Breed sessions…ever thought about your favorite dog breed but have never met one in person…here's your chance! We have everything from a Chinese Chin to s Great Dane!

Fun filled weekend for all! Entry fees: $5.00 per adult, Children under 12~Free. Dogs must be leashed and show proof of vaccination at gate before entry. Rabies and Dhpp Required.


June 8 @ 10:00 am
June 9 @ 8:00 pm
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UP State Fairgrounds
2401 12th Ave N
Escanaba, MI 49829
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