The 24th annual Barkapalooza, a half-day, family-friendly fest for dogs and their people, returns to Lisle Community Park, 1825 Short Street in Lisle, on Sunday, Sept. 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This extremely dog-friendly event allows pet owners, prospective pet adopters, and all-around pet lovers to raise money for homeless dogs and cats through a Dog Walkathon and Pet Expo full of pet-related vendors. Participants are encouraged to collect pledges for the walkathon, and all proceeds will support the West Suburban Humane Society, at their signature annual fundraiser.
Animal lovers may explore the Pet Expo at Barkapalooza, free of charge, where a wide variety of pet-focused vendors such as the The Happy Dog Barkery, Bow Wow Tique, Pampered Pooch Couture, and more will be featured along with breed specific rescue groups of all sorts from Shih Tzus to Shar Peis and many others. Pet owners may have their pets microchipped for $35, a fee which benefits the West Suburban Humane Society.
A blessing for the animals is at 10 a.m. to kick off the event, and the Skydogz Frisbee Team and the West Suburban Humane Society Alumni Agility Dogs will also perform. For the kids, there will be clowns, face painting, balloon sculptures, a “Kids and Kindness Zone,” scavenger hunt, and other games. Food trucks and food vendors will be onsite throughout the event with human food, dog treats, and refreshments for all. Barkapalooza will occur rain or shine, and there is no entry fee to attend plus parking is free and plentiful.
The adult registration fee for the walkathon is $20, while children 12 and under may walk for free and all receive a free goody bag for registering in the walk. The Walkathon steps off at 10:15 a.m. Walkers with $100 or more in collected pledges will have their registration fee waived and walk for free. Participants may setup fundraising websites by visiting www.firstgiving.com/wshs. Fundraising for the walkathon is not necessary in order to attend Barkapalooza, but it is highly encouraged.