Maryland DogFest is coming up

Ready to break out of your cabin fever? Humans and dogs are all a little antsy after this cold and snowy winter, but a great cure is coming: Mark your calendar for Maryland DogFest, March 8 and 9 at the Charles County Fairgrounds in LaPlata.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the whole family can enjoy an agility course, canine demonstrations, weight pulling, and training exhibits. Watch the K-9 athletes of the Jersey Devil Dogs soar through the air for Frisbees and visit with vendors selling things such as collars, health products, petsitting services, and other dog supplies.

New this year, catch “Mutts Gone Nuts,” a husband-and-wife comedy act with roots in the circus. You’ll laugh your tail off.

You’ll also love the dog look-alike contests, talent contest, fashion show, Dog Olympics, training seminars, and costume contests (to compete, register in advance at

Two dozen rescue, shelter, and adoption groups will fill the Adoption Zone to help you find the perfect pet for you. Last year’s event found homes for more than 150 dogs and organizers hope even more will fall in love this year. For more information, visit

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