KENNEBUNK – Animal Welfare Society presents Woofstock, Southern Maine’s only free family-friendly, dog-friendly food and beer festival. The festival takes place rain or shine Saturday, July 29 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on AWS’ campus at 46 Holland Road. Presented by Maine Veterinary Medical Center and the Rarebreed family of veterinary partners, all festival proceeds, including sponsorships, donations, and sales from merchandise, raffles and beer garden benefit AWS’ Companions for Life Fund dedicated to providing quality and affordable pet veterinary care.

“Woofstock is a true community event,” says Abigail Smith, AWS executive director. “We are so grateful for the many community partners that have joined with us to make this event a success. Together we bring needed veterinary care to pets in our community.” She adds, “We hope to see many of our friends and neighbors at Woofstock. We encourage everyone to stop by and check it out. There truly is something for everyone!”

Highlighting the entertainment at Woofstock is live music, including performances by the Kennebunk River Band (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and local musician Kris Hype (1–3 p.m.). Seacoast Oldies, the festival’s media sponsor, will also be providing tunes. In the Kids Zone, sponsored by Kennebunk Savings, youngsters can enjoy a bounce house, face painting, temporary tattoos, crafts and games. Pups can enjoy wading pools and games. There will also be non-alcoholic dog beer, sponsored by Cornerstone Artisanal Pizza and Craft Beer in Ogunquit, available for tasting and purchase. Dogs are also encouraged to try out an indoor agility course, led by members of AWS Canine Training Team.

For the craft beer enthusiasts, attendees can purchase 4 ounce tasting tickets to sample dozens of offerings from local craft breweries. The beer garden is sponsored by Blaze Brewing Company of Biddeford. Blaze will release their cream ale, Bark, especially for Woofstock. Bark is a collaborative fundraiser between Blaze and Meet York County and proceeds from sales benefit AWS. After the Festival, Bark will be available at fine retailers throughout Southern Maine. Other breweries expected to attend and offer samples of their beers and ciders in the Beer Garden are After Harvest Cider Company, Allagash Brewing Company, Batson River Brewing & Distilling, Bissell Brothers, Brickyard Hollow Brewing Company, Corner Point Brewing Company, Footbridge Brewing, Liquid Riot, Lone Pine Brewing Co, Odd by Nature Brewing, Urban Farm Fermentory and Woodland Farms Brewery.

Open throughout the festival, there will be ample food and dessert items for sale. Trucks and food vendors expected to attend include Betty ReeZ WhoopieZ, Black Salt Food Truck, Char Wrig’s Sno and Dough, Cob’s Dogs Street Food, Great Scott’s Mac Wagon, Kona Ice of York County, Mr. Tuna, Pinky D’s, Plot Twist Pretzels, Roaming Eats, and The Holy Donut.

Woofstock is generously presented by Maine Veterinary Medical Center and the Rarebreed family of veterinary partners. Woofstock is brought to you by media sponsor Seacoast Oldies, Kids Zone sponsor Kennebunk Savings and Beer Garden sponsor Blaze Brewing Company. “Dapper Dog” sponsors include Angelus Urgent Veterinary Care, Cornerstone Artisanal Pizza and Craft Beer, Maine Community Bank, Mainely Veterinary Dentistry, M&T Bank, Patriot Subaru, Pet Supplies Plus, State Farm and Wag ‘n Wash. “Cool Cat” sponsors include Arctic Glacier, Cross Insurance, East Coast Outpost, Edison Press, Garrett Pillsbury Plumbing & Heating, GoNetSpeed, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, IDEXX Laboratories, Invisible Fence, Kennebunk Beach Realty, Kennebunk Veterinary Hospital, Kennebunkport Resort Collection, NE Hydroponics, Norway Savings Bank, Ouellet Construction, Partners Bank, Renewal by Andersen, Sharper Events and Tents, Tender Touch Veterinary Hospital, Trupanion and Undertow Agency.

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Animal Welfare Society, a non-profit organization, exists to serve as the safety net for lost and homeless pets and to provide access to affordable services and resources necessary for long term well-being, so pets and their families stay together and thrive.