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Wagapalooza, St. John


Its wagapalooza time again!! For those who have not previously attended, it’s a wacky and fun day with pets and their owners and friends.

Join the fun on Sunday June 13th for the 4th annual Wagapalooza Dog Show fundraiser at Skinny Legs in Coral Bay, St. John. The event includes booths featuring animal related items, best trick, best costume, dog and owner look alike contest, photo contest, raffles, food, drinks and lots of fun. The event benefits the Animal Care Center of St. John.

Wagapalooza St. John 2004“The success of the Center has come from our generous community who recognizes the need for this most necessary community service,” commented Betty Gerhardt, President of the Center’s Board. “We have evolved into the real shelter facility we’ve been dreaming about for many years, thanks to the community. It’s a win-win situation for our entire community and especially for the animals.” The Center is completely supported by community donations.

What is Wagapalooza?

Wagapalooza is the brain child of Jen Donnelly of Jolly Dogs in Coral Bay who created the event four years ago as a fundraiser for the Animal Care Center of St. John. When Jen was ready to hand over the reigns, she did so to the Center who continued the annual event.

Wagapalooza St. John 2004Since the first wagapalooza in 2000 the number of supporters and attendees has almost doubled. Last years event was attended by about 500 people with 100 dogs registered! Pet owners, supporters and folks who just want to enjoy the day attend; there is food, drinks and music!!

While the event traditionally has been just about dogs this year the wagaphoto contest includes photos of any pets; fish, cats, birds, dogs.

Entries and Registration

Dogs are asked to encourage their owners to register in advance at The Animal Care Center, both Connections Offices, St. John Hardware and Scandic Services in Mongoose Junction. Pre-show registration is $25 until the day of the event, when the fee will be $35. Registration fees are waived for children under 12 years of age who show their dog.

Entries can be in more than one category, including: “Best in Costume,” “Dog/Owner Look Alike,” and “Best Trick”. “Best of Show” will be awarded to the overall coolest dog on our planet St. John.

New this year is the Wagaphoto Contest – enter your favorite (amateur) photo with your pet (not just pooches!) that best fits this year’s theme of “Who Owns Who?” Pets and their human buddies need not be present at the event to win. Photos submitted will be voted on at the event.

Animal lovers are also encouraged to volunteer for various functions and assistance prior to and on the show day. For more information call Johanna at the Animal Care Center at (340) 774-1625.


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