Ocean City Today

Inaugural Pet Expo includes fashion show and vendors

By Kara Hallissey | Apr 06, 2017

(April 7, 2017) Pets and their owners are invited to attend the inaugural Pet Expo, this Saturday, featuring a fashion show, Easter activities and at least 20 vendors inside Dockside Hall in the Ocean City convention center on 40th Street, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Worcester County Humane Society,” said Amanda Knauff, event organizer and owner of Pet Threadz in West Ocean City along with her parents, Virginia and Don. “There will be events going on all day with the main attraction being the fashion show. It’s going to be a pretty good time.”

The cost is a minimum of $5 to attend or bring dog food, treats, toys and other necessities for the Worcester County Humane Society.

Attendees can browse about 20 vendors with custom clothes and bags, pet food and products in addition to CPR for dogs training, pest control and an agility trainer booth.

“There are a lot of custom items and products,” Knauff said. “The pet expo is for any kind of animal, of any size and they do not have to be dressed up.”

Complimentary pictures with the Easter bunny, a book reading for children and a freestyle dance area for dogs will be set up.

In addition, an Easter egg hunt filled with prizes for dogs will take place along with games including musical chairs for dogs, a costume contest, a 50/50 raffle and a Chinese auction including clothes, jewelry, custom apparel and gift certificates to local restaurants.

“Half of the proceeds from the 50/50 raffle will be donated to the Worcester County Humane Society,” Knauff said.

In addition, a trip will be given away courtesy of Castaways in Berlin.

The event’s highlight is the Pet Threadz Rescues Rock the Runway Fashion Show slated to begin at 3:30 p.m.

“We will set up a dressing area for dogs, there will be a long runway and ice sculpture,” Knauff said.

All pets are welcome to participate in the New York-style fashion show, but must sign up at the event before 2:45 p.m.

“You will see a lot of crazy stuff in the fashion show,” Knauff said. “Cats, dogs and a sugar glider. All things you wouldn’t expect.”

Jan Patterson-Hohman, owner of CraZy LadyZ store, will emcee the event and DJ Batman is slated to be a judge.

“Pet Threadz will be showcasing custom clothes and a lot of our designs will be in the show,” Knauff said. “There will be wet suits and matching dresses. We will have a surfing dog in a wet suit with his boogie board.”

First-, second- and third-place prizes will be awarded to the most fashionable, least obedient, best looking stud, most original and prettiest female. The winner of best in show will take home a trophy.

More than 200 people came out to the Peeps-n-Pets fashion show at Those Clever Canines in Ocean Pines last year, Knauff said.

“The convention center approached me,” Knauff said. “They have never had a pet expo in Ocean City before. The first 50 people who sign up receive a swag bag full of treats and samples, which are all pet-themed items.”

Pets must be restrained at all times and owners are liable for their own pets.

The Westminster dog show in New York inspired this event and Knauff built the stage, dressing rooms and stations.

The annual event was created to raise funds and awareness for the Worcester County Humane Society, a no-kill shelter in Berlin, in addition to helping animals find a loving home.

Knauff has four adopted dogs and thinks people will fall in love with the animals after watching the show.

For more information, call Pet Threadz at 443-955-0904 or visit the Rescues Rock the Runway Pet Expo event page on Facebook.

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