The 7th Annual Lewes Winter Fest Barkfest event takes place in the Historic Commercial District surrounding Second Street and across the canal at Irish Eyes Pub & Restaurant the weekend before Valentine’s Day (Friday, February 8 and Saturday, February 9). The event gives Valentine’s Day shoppers and diners additional activities in which to participate and attend.
It has become more “dog-centric” in the past couple of years. The popular event has included a unique Pet Pageant for the past six years (although last year’s was cancelled due to weather) on Saturday afternoon and two years ago another event was added on Friday evening – a Yappy Hour for Pets and People who like to “Yap.”
During the two-day Winter Fest event, numerous retail businesses and restaurants will be offering Valentine holiday-themed specials including discounts on specific items. The Yappy Hour component of this year’s Winter Fest Barkfest was conceived by Lesley Bowers, owner of P.U.P.S. (Pawsitively Unique Pet Shop) on Second Street who also initiated the Pet Pageant seven years ago. Irish Eyes Pub & Restaurant on the canal in Lewes will host pets, their owners and people who like to “yap” on Friday, February 8 from 5 – 7 p.m. on their heated, enclosed porch.
The Georgetown S P C A will host a “Fill the Van” during both events at which time they are soliciting donations of blankets, sheets, pet food, kitty litter, toys , dog bones and bleach for cleaning their kennels. Attendees to the Yappy Hour can come with or without pets and dogs should be on a leash with one dog and one handler. Irish Eyes will feature specialty beverages that evening such as a Bark-tini, Cat-atonic, Mutt-ini and there will be a 50/50 raffle benefitting the Georgetown SPCA. Additionally, Irish Eyes is donating 10% of their total food sales for the entire day to the SPCA.
On Saturday, February 9 at 2 p.m., the popular Pet Pageant returns to BARK Street (Bank Street-temporarily renamed for the event) where pets of all sizes and shapes, ages and genders strut their stuff in front of the judges and the crowds.
For more information about the event, contact the Lewes Chamber of Commerce at 302-645-8073 or visit www.leweschamber.com