We all know that your dog is truly a member of your family but is he/she a champion? Well, here’s your opportunity to find out and at the same time experience a fun filled, family-friendly Memorial Day weekend getaway when you attend Frankenmuth, Michigan’s annual Dog Bowl event on Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24.
Dog Bowl Taking place at Frankenmuth’s River Place and offering a ‘tail-wagging” good time for all members of the family, Dog Bowl features various fun dog events where your dog can join in and that showcase dogs jumping, running, retrieving and even diving. In addition, visitors will get the chance to see numerous hot air balloons in flight and even observe three evening Balloon Glow events.
Among the events at Frankenmuth’s Dog Bowl are Wiener Dog Races (at 5 p.m.), a DockDogs competition, a Best Costume contest, a 50 yard Doggie Fun Run, a Doggie Fashion Show, Disc Dog competitions, a Doggie Dash De Lure Course & Competition, a Silly Pet Tricks & Talking/Howling competition, agility demonstrations and competitions and even Police K-9 demonstrations.
Other highlights at Dog Bowl include a Pet Parade (over 500 dogs are expected to participate) on Saturday, May 23 at 1 p.m. and a Border Collie Sheep Herding demonstration (at noon and 4 p.m. both days). There will also be appearances by the Rock-N-Roll K9’s Performance Team which will feature flyball, tricks, choreographed obedience routines, relay racing and limbo by dogs of all sizes, shapes and ages set to rock music.
Be sure not to miss the annual Canine Cruise on the Cass River aboard the Bavarian Belle River Boat. Yes, you can take your pets aboard the boat. The cruise takes place on Saturday at 10 a.m. and is open to the first 75 guests and their dogs. The fee is $3 per person. The cruise is free for all dogs.
The 2015 Dog Bowl King and Queen Award will be bestowed on the winners on Saturday at 1:45 p.m.
Several concession stands at Dog Bowl will be selling items like hot dogs, brats, chicken tenders, pretzels, French fries and a variety of non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks. Other dining options include La Crepe du Jour Creperie (offering crepes, made-to-order salads, beverages and gourmet coffee drinks) and the Bavarian Inn Restaurant’s outdoor Fischer Platz Biergarten (next to the Dog Bowl event) offering sandwiches, brats and the Bavarian Inn’s world famous chicken dinners.
Salads, sandwiches and a variety of American and German entrees are also available for purchase at the Bavarian Inn Lodge’s Schnitzelbank Biergarten also located next to the Dog Bowl event.
Pet friendly lodging is available at the Drury Inn & Suites in downtown Frankenmuth at 260 S. Main St. Call 989-652-2800 to check for pricing and availability or to make reservations.
Other pet friendly hotel options include the Holiday Inn Express in nearby Birch Run, Michigan located at 12150 Dixie Hwy (989-624-9300) and the Best Western of Birch Run located at 9087 Birch Run Rd. (989-624-9395).
For more information about the Dog Bowl get online at www.dogfunfest.com.
The River Place shopping complex is located at 925 S. Main St. in Frankenmuth, Michigan. It is approximately a 4 hour drive from Cleveland to Frankenmuth via I-75, Exit 136.