Hosted by Nashville Paw Magazine, this annual October festival welcomes 3,000+ guests and their pooch pals in creative Howl-O-Ween costume for a chance at over $3,000 in fabulous contest prizes!
With live music, 40+ vendors, food trucks, adoptable pets and more, it's an afternoon of festive fun for the entire family - adults, kids and dogs!
We are thrilled to report that we welcomed over 3,000 guests and their pooch pals at our 4th Annual Barktoberfest on 10/20/12!
Read on for details on our biggest event ever... and be sure to check out all our EVENT PHOTOS HERE!
Contest judges Dr. Napier, Heather Dowdy, Christine Gibson and Stephanie McKee look on as a contest entrant struts their stuff in front of the packed crowd.
The weather was perfect for a fun and festive fall carnival, and thanks to more than 50 vendors, 5 food trucks, many sponsors, volunteers and about 3,000 guests, Barktoberfest 2012 was our biggest and best event we've EVER hosted!
Guests enjoyed free "paw readings" and treats from Madame Clairyoya at our Fido + the Fortune Teller booth (pictured below, using the ultra-adorable Dog Tarot cards!), while kids played our free carnival games for fun Halloween prizes.
Meanwhile, guests chowed down on delish noms from The Grilled Cheeserie, Terra Delicious, Yay's OMG, Sum Yum Yum and Brewster's Ice Cream while grooving to the sounds of live music from Eight O' Five Jiveand Duncan May + the Resonators. And business was bustling at our cover set photo booth with Brix Nobody and Amiee Stubbs Photography as well as at over 50 vendor booths all day long!
Madame Clairvoya (volunteer Marly Richardson) gave free paw reading and treats to pooch pals at our mysterious Fido + the Fortune Teller tent.
Nashville PITTIE shared love and awareness for our bully friends with a Pittie Pride Parade and Luv-A-Bull booth.
Then, hundreds of costumed dogs and their people strutted their stuff in our Howl-O-Ween Costume Contests. It was so hard to choose from so many incredivle entries, but our judges finally narrowed it down and a total of 14 costume winners took home more than $3,000 in fabulous prizes!
From top left clockwise: Celebripug contest judge (and Nashville Paw magazine canine columnist) Willie Fitzgerald with his mom (and Nashville Paw Foundation board member) Christine Gibson; Buster, an American Staffordshire Terrier, and his dad Scott Dennis won Runner-Up in our Best Dog Costume contest for his creative pirate ensemble; A Chinese Crested named Senor Harry and his mom Angela Smithson took home the prize for Best Dog Costume for his festive costume, which included his own decorated push cart; Lauren Baes and her Beagle Copper enjoy the festivities.
Thanks to everyone who came out and supported Barktoberfest, and a very special thanks to our venue, Lenox Village Town Center, as well as our presenting sponsor, Southside Animal Hospital, for making this fun fall festival possible.
We also appreciate greatly the sponsorship support from Dippity Do Dog,Coburn's Exclusive, Doggone Jerky and Pet Supermarket.
Please be sure to visit our event pages below to view pics and to stay tuned for next year's event... it is sure to keep growing by leaps and bounds, and we are incredibly excited about 2013! :) THANK YOU for your support!
Barktoberfest Facebook Page
Barktoberfest 2012 Photo Gallery
2012 Presenting Sponsor & Vendor:
2012 Supporting Sponsors & Vendors:
Special Thanks to our MC and Sound:
Bruster's Real Ice Cream & Hot Dogs
Grilled Cheeserie, The
Sum Yum Yum
Amiee Stubbs Photography
Animalia Health + Wellness
Bonafide Pet Food
Farm at Natchez Trace, The
Home Run Pet Care
Miss Kitty's Bed + Bath
Nashville Holistic Pet
Natural Health Massage Therapy
PartyLite Consultant Andrea Biggs
Rock N' Pup
Veterinary Ophthalmology Services
2 Million Dogs
2nd Chance 4 Pets
Agape Animal Rescue
All Animals Pet Care
Anderson Group, The
Canine Rehabilitation of Nashville
Creations by Natalie
Dove Chocolate Discoveries
Greytful Dawg, The
Humane Tennessee PAC
Invisible Fence of Middle Tennessee
Luv My Leash
Nashville Veterinary Specialists
Natchez Trace Veterinary Services + Pet Tao
Pampered Chef, The
Pet Must Haves Warehouse
Puptraits of Love
Rudy Greens Doggy Cuisine
Scentsy Consultant Ashley Duffy
Silo Studios + Snooty Giggles Dog Rescue
Stella + Dot Consultant Kathy Chaney
Tennessee Animal Chiropractic
Well Now Urgent Care
Contest Prize Sponsors:
Agape Animal Rescue: Designer MJ Shampoos
Animalia Health & Wellness: Toys, Treats, Collars & More
The Farm at Natchez Trace: 5 Days of Luxury Doggie Daycare
Happy ReTales Pet Supply: Free Grooming, Gift Certificates, Toys & More
Hound Dog Baking Company: Boxed Dog Treats
Lindt Chocolate RSVP: Gourmet Chocolate Basket
Luv My Leash: Beautiful Leashes for Every Winner
My Veggie Chef: Week of Gourmet Vegan Meal Delivery
Nashville Holistic Pet: Holistic Treats, Natural Toys, & More
Nashville Paw Foundation: Tees for Every Winner
NuVue Eyecare: Gift Certificates to Nashville Pet Products, Treats & Toys
Rudy Green's Doggy Cuisine: Doggy Meals & Treats
Spoil Me Smo: Gourmet Dog Treats
Stella & Dot Stylist Kathy Chaney: Silver Pawprint Necklace
Wags & Whiskers: Fun Stuff for Fido
PLUS lots of designer dog accessories and coats, toys, treats, people tees, and more from Nashville Paw's prize stash!
Barktoberfest Photo Albums:
See the fun for yourself! Check out our photos from previous events in our Facebook albums:
Official Photo Gallery on our Facebook Page (2011 Event)
Event video courtesy Belmont student Jessica Adkins (2011 Event)
News 4 More at Midday Segment (2011 Event)
Tennessean Video (2010 Event)