By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer
Grafton – Pleasant late-summer weather Sept. 8 attracted throngs of animal and music lovers to the 21st annual Pet Rock Festival on the grounds of Wyman-Gordon in North Grafton. This marked the festival’s third year in North Grafton after previously taking place in Shrewsbury, Worcester and Sturbridge. Once again, proceeds go to New England animal welfare organizations.
The five-hour event balanced fun activities with education on animal issues. Representatives from numerous animal organizations provided information about their causes. Only vegetarian food was available.
Spotlighted on the music stage were the bands Niki Luparelli and the Honey Badgers, Hit the Bus, Gov’t Surplus and Belit. At the “animal action” stage, festival-goers enjoyed viewing a pet parade followed by an amateur dog show with medals, trophies and prizes awarded for best ears, sweetest face, vocal talent, “waggiest” tail and owner-dog lookalikes.
Meanwhile on the field, a K-9 demonstration was conducted by Massachusetts State Police Troopers, as well as multiple Frisbee-fetching presentations by Pups in the Air.
photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.