The dog show must go online: Duboce Park's DogFest announces winners

Rocky, submitted by Nora Trachtenberg, won in the category of most adorable dog. | Photos: Courtesy of DogFest
By Teresa Hammerl - Published on May 04, 2020.

April 25 would have marked the 13th annual DogFest at Duboce Park. While the fundraiser for McKinley Elementary School was canceled due to the COVID-19 shelter-in-place, its silent auction and dog show still took place online. 

The school has taken a serious financial hit from the loss of DogFest. Only $45,000 has been raised so far this year, while last year, about $95,000 went directly to the school. 

That money pays for additional staff for the school, including a full-time social worker, a math and literacy specialist for individual learning support, and an additional teacher in upper grades to keep class sizes smaller. It also helps with the budget for classroom supplies, arts activities and other extras for students.

"It's a major hit," said Jessica Lettween, a McKinley parent and PTA volunteer. "Every donated dollar helps."

As a thank-you to the community, the DogFest organizers are offering a dose of cuteness: the full digital lineup of dog show winners, submitted by neighbors and chosen in an online vote. As a prize, the winners in each category will receive a small dog or cat bed.

Duncan won for "best celebrity look-alike" — to actor Sam Elliott. | Submission: Ryan Hendrix
In addition to winning "most adorable dog," Rocky took home the top prize for "funniest looking." | Submission: Nora Trachtenberg
Rocky also won the costume contest for his pirate ensemble. | Submission: Nora Trachtenberg
Meet Strawberry, a pug who won the prize for "best tail." | Submission: Cheryl Power
With an at-home festival this year, cats got their own category. Elrond, who knows how to open doors, took home the "best cat" prize. | Submission: Juliana Zolynas

Need more adorable animal action? DogFest has also uploaded a video of the winners — including a clip of Elrond showing off door-opening skills.

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