Tail-Wagger: Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market to Host Adoption Event

The Ocean Pines Farmers and Artisans Market will be using its furry friends to sniff out a good time during the annual pet-approved “Paws and Whiskers” fundraiser and adoption event on Saturday, Aug. 18.

“It’s going to be a dog-gone good time,” said David Bean, market manager. “It is special events like this Paws & Whiskers celebration that set our marketplace apart and add a memorable guest experience to our community.”

The outdoor pet adoption event and fundraiser will happen from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at White Horse Park, located at 239 Ocean Parkway in Ocean Pines. This public event, which encourages market-goers to unleash their puppy love, will benefit the Worcester County Humane Society, a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter serving all of Worcester County.

“New this year, a Pet Costume Parade,” said David Bean, market manager. “The parade will begin at 10:30 a.m., winding its way around the market.” Pets, along with their owners are invited to dress up and join the parade. Prizes will be awarded to the three best-judged participants.

The pet-friendly event, which will be held in conjunction with the weekly market, will offer a variety of activities for pets and their owners including demonstrations, clinics, pet services and giveaways. Demonstrations will include agility and dog dancing by the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit.

Chef Maggie Haren, the market’s resident culinary expert, will be creating some doggie delicious dishes.

Paws & Claws, a locally-owned pet supply store in West Ocean City, is an event sponsor. The store is donating high-quality products such as holistic, organic pet foods and treats; health and safety items; grooming supplies; collars and leashes; seasonal clothing; training aids; and many other fine products to be raffled off.

The Ocean Pines Farmers and Artisans Market is open every Saturday year-round from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at White Horse Park and on Wednesdays from 3-7 p.m. through Sept. 26.

For more information about the Ocean Pines Farmers and Artisans Market, contact Denise Sawyer, director of marketing and public relations for the Ocean Pines Association, at 410-641-7717 ext. 3006 or dsawyer@oceanpines.org.

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