Woofstock looking for fresh, new moniker

OCEANSIDE — In April 2010, Canine Companions for Independence hosted its sixth annual Woofstock Festival.
“Woofstock has grown tremendously in six years,” said Linda Valliant, Canine Companions’ Southwest Region Executive Director. “San Diegans welcomed and supported our annual dog and people festival, and San Diegans gave it a unique spirit. Beginning in 2011, we’d like to give it a new name that reflects our dog-friendly city and our one-of-a-kind event.”
E-mail suggestions to sddogfestival@cci.org by Oct. 15. The grand prize winner will receive a family pack of tickets to the April 9, 2011 event, four festival T-shirts and a Canine Companions gift basket of apparel, books and Canine Companions logo items. Suggestions are encouraged to incorporate San Diego/Balboa Park, Canine Companions for Independence and a 1960s theme. Visit www.cci.org/woofstock for full contest guidelines.
Woofstock is a fundraiser for Canine Companions for Independence, which has a regional headquarters in Oceanside. Canine Companions for Independence is a nonprofit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. In 2010, the festival broke all previous records with an estimated 3,000 attendees, 80 vendor booths and $40,000 raised for Canine Companions. The event, which celebrates the human-canine bond, features Canine Companions assistance dog demonstrations, flyball, disc dogs, canine freestyle, a K9 playground, shopping for unique pet products and more — all set to a groovy 1960s theme. The 2011 event will be held at the corner of Park Boulevard and Presidents Way.
The winner will be announced at the Nov. 13 Canine Companions Graduation event at the Mission San Luis Rey Parish’s Serra Center in Oceanside.

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