Solvang Greyhound Festival Primer

WCGG-2010It’s time once again for humans and hounds to gather for the 7th Annual Solvang Greyhound Festival, Feb. 25-27, 2011. This will be our 3rd year attending the event, and the festival is so much fun we start planning for the next one as soon as the last one is over. Our first Greyhound festival was in February 2009, just a few months after we adopted our first hound, Sammy. We fell absolutely in love with the people, the town, and of course all the hounds. Wouldn’t miss this fabulous event for the world! It will be a special one this year as we are taking our second hound, a Guam rescue, Fernie back to the exact location where we adopted him.

We don’t have the exact number of greyhounds that will be in town with their families, but a guess of 250 -300 wouldn’t be too far from the truth. The town gets involved in the festivity too, the mayor welcomes us with a speech at dinner, shop and innkeepers make us welcome with hound-friendly rooms, water bowls on the sidewalks everywhere, and houndie cookies are handed out frequently. Most shops display some sort of poster welcoming the hounds to town and into their shops. Our Greyhounds page has a few photos from last years event. If you are free that weekend, head on up to Solvang – you’ll be glad you did!

From the festival website:
“Greyhound owners are always ready to gather in large numbers to show their love and support for Greyhounds, to enjoy the company of others who share the same compassion and to show others how wonderful Greyhounds as pets can be. After all, it is the Greyhounds that bring us together and naturally this event is all about the Greyhounds!

There are many Greyhound gatherings located on the east coast and in the Midwest of the United States. However, Greyhound lovers on the west coast of the United States often found it difficult to travel such a long distance to enjoy the company and gatherings with other Greyhound lovers. They wanted a place closer to home to celebrate Greyhounds. That’s when the West Coast Greyhound Gathering now known as the Solvang Greyhound Fest was born!

The West Coast Greyhound Gathering site needed to be very Greyhound friendly with a small town atmosphere but with plenty of other activities for visitors to partake in other than Greyhound related activities. Solvang, California fit the bill with comfortable weather, friendly small town atmosphere and plenty of activities to enjoy – not to mention that the whole town is excited (right down to the Mayor, shop keepers and inn keepers) about the Greyhounds coming, too!

We are excited to hold the gathering in Solvang and we hope everyone enjoys their time as well! Proceeds raised from the Solvang Greyhound Fest will go to benefit GREYT LEGS – a 501c3 non profit support group to aid various groups with broken leg veterinarian bills through grants.”