With pets of all kinds taking center stage, Olde Pickerington Village will host its annual Petfest from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 7.
The event will take place along West Columbus Street in Olde Pickerington Village with many pet rescue and adoption groups participating. Pets and their humans will have the opportunity to visit pet vendors as well as participate in the Pet Parade, which starts at 7:15 p.m. at 80 W. Church St.
The Eastside Messenger sat down with Deblin Jennings, co-chair of the Petfest, to talk about this years event and how having pets herself has made a difference in her life.
KL: How long have you been a part of the Petfest event?
DJ: I have been involved in the Pickerington Petfest since it started seven to eight years ago. David Huskey and I are co-chairing this event for the Olde Pickerington Village Business Association.
KL: Do you have pets?
DJ: I have two dogs, Jack, a rescue beagle and Moose, a golden retriever. Because their personalities are so unique, it has made life more interesting. Having rescue dogs has been a very rewarding experience.
KL: What should participants expect at this years event?
DJ: I am excited this year because we have such a great list of vendors participating. People will enjoy the Heart of Ohio Ferret Association and Rescue, pet photos taken by Cheetah Coalition Photography, Friends For Life Animal Haven, Fairfield Area Humane Society with dogs available for adoption, Food Pantry for Animals Pickerington and vendors dealing with pet-related health issues, sitting and training and household care, pet rescue groups, and much more.
KL: What is the Pet Parade and who can participate?
DJ: Everyone can participate in the Pet Parade. Previously we have had rabbits, cats, dogs, ponies, birds, horses, hermit crabs, turtles, alpaca and more. Participation in the parade is free and open to all pets that their owners deem friendly. It begins at 7:15 p.m. in the grassy area of the Olde Creamery at 80 W. Church St.
KL: What does Petfest do for Olde Pickerington Village?
DJ: The Petfest offers a unique family experience that is both educational and fun for everyone. It showcases the quaint feeling of Olde Pickerington Village, which offers various shopping and dining options and offers a sense of community pride.
KL: What is your favorite part of the Petfest event?
DJ: I enjoy meeting everyones pets and hearing their stories. Every year I am excited to see what types of pets are new. Last year we had a small alligator. I have also gotten information for my own personal use from the vendors.
Those who would like more information on this years Petfest should contact Deblin Jennings at (614) 833-3803 or go to www.pickeringtonvillage.com.