The 6th Annual Wooftober will kick off on October 6. It's being held adjacent to the Paducah Dog Park located at Stuart Nelson Park, just off Park Avenue in Paducah. Festivities will be from 10:30 am until 4 pm. The Dog Park will be open before and after the event so all the dogs can play. 

Start the fun by entering the 2nd Annual Rover Fun Run/Walk, a fun 5K (3.1 miles) that uses the Greenway Trail. Registration begins at 10:30 am with the event at 11 am. There is a $5 entry fee which provides participants with a t-shirt. All of the proceeds go to local animal charities. 

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The pumpkin carving contest is back again this year. Carve your best pet-themed pumpkin at home and bring it to the event. Judging will be at 1 pm.

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Beginning at 2 pm, participants can register for the Doggie Costume Contest. There is no charge to enter. Small Dog competition at 2:30pm with Large Dog at 3:30pm. Winners will be announced at 3:30pm.

There are six chances to win in each size group. Judging Categories are as follows: Clowning Around (funniest costume), Scaredy Cat (scariest costume), Paws-itively Pup-tastic (most gorgeous costume), Top Dog (best owner and best dog costume), Best Dog “Team Effort (owners have more than two dogs in costume) and Hot-dogger award (best overall costume).

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There will be several animal rescue, educational, and service groups in attendance to provide a variety of pet-related information and services. Puppies and dogs will be available for adoption.  Services providers include microchipping, nail trimming, vaccinations, pet boarding, grooming and healthcare information.  

Wooftober is a family-friendly event for all ages; however, some dogs don’t respond well to new places, children, or other animals. Please use your best judgment in determining if your pet will enjoy the event. If you are participating in Wooftober or using the dog park, please make sure to follow the Paducah Dog Park rules including the requirements to keep dogs on leashes until they are inside the dog park enclosure and to clean up after pets using the available doggie bags.  Children under age 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

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For more information on the upcoming Wooftober event or the Paducah Dog Park, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 270.444.8508. 

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The Stuart Nelson Dog Park

The City of Paducah opened the Paducah Dog Park in August 2012. The park has water, fencing, shelters, gravel parking, and pet waste receptacles. The park is partitioned into two sections based upon the weight of a dog with 30 pounds as the suggested dividing weight.  The Paducah Dog Park is open seven days a week during the normal hours for Stuart Nelson Park.