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Auburn's Petpalooza named Top Event by Washington Parks and Recreation Association

Petpalooza LogoAuburn’s Petpalooza festival received the top “Spotlight Award for Program Excellence” for Events, Fairs and Festivals from the Washington State Parks and Recreation Association (WRPA). The award honors public agencies for outstanding and unique achievements. WRPA’s annual awards have become a coveted mark of distinction for parks and recreation professionals and organizations. The Spotlight Awards ceremony took place at the WRPA Annual Conference in Vancouver, Washington on the evening of April 17. Judged from entries across the state, Petpalooza was selected to receive this prestigious award based upon innovative, creative and exceptional service and benefit to the community.

WRPA, an affiliate of the National Recreation and Park Association, plays a vital role in promoting public support for parks and recreation and increasing awareness of the necessity to preserve, enhance, and utilize resources for a balanced lifestyle. The Spotlight award was established in 2005. Since that time, the City of Auburn has received Spotlight awards for Discovery Playground, ArtRageous, Auburn Youth Council and several printed publications including the Auburn Parks Year in Review and the BRAVO brochure.

Auburn’s Petpalooza started in 2008 as a way to promote healthy activities with pets. The 2013 Petpalooza festival continues that tradition and will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 18 at Game Farm Park. The festival kicks off with a Dog Trot 3K/5K Fun Run and also features an animal-related entertainment stage, live entertainment, Skyhoundz Disc Dog Championships, Seattle Flydogs demos, pony rides, the 'Unleashed' pet contests, agility areas, a noon pet parade, over 150 vendor booths, giveaways and lots of activities to keep both humans and pets entertained. Returning in 2013 is a premier petting zoo, GASCAR inter-species animal racing, Farmyard Follies shows and a kids' Ag-Ventureland. Sponsors include 100.7 The Wolf, Radio Disney AM 1250, Green River Veterinary Hospital, Del’s Feed & Farm Supply, and Banfield Pet Hospital.

“We’re proud to have received this outstanding statewide recognition from the WRPA,” said Daryl Faber, City of Auburn’s Director of Parks, Arts and Recreation Department. “Special events are a key component of a healthy community and our Parks, Arts and Recreation department continues to offer innovative programming that the Auburn community has embraced and is recognized throughout the state.”

In addition to the WRPA award, Petpalooza has also received an international Learning Resources Network (LERN) Award, a host of Washington Festival and Events Association (WFE) Awards, and a City-County Communication and Marketing Association (3CMA) national Savvy Award.

For more information about Petpalooza, contact City of Auburn, Parks, Arts & Recreation at 253-931-3043 or visit www.auburnwa.gov/petpalooza.

City of Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation
910 Ninth Street SE
Auburn WA 98002
253-931-3043
www.auburnwa.gov/petpalooza