Doggie Derby at Avalon Park

The Doggie Derby at Avalon Park, will celebrate man’s best friend while helping HispanaEduca, which is an education-oriented, Hispanic-serving nonprofit organization registered in the State of Florida. In addition to the dog races, the event will feature vendor booths with giveaways (including dog treats!), plus food and beverages for the humans. Each registered contestant will receive a ‘Doggie Bag’ (like a Goodie Bag you find on your chair at runway shows) with sponsor gifts, as well as one competitor/handler T-shirt, and a doggie bandana. This is a fun, family-friendly, pet-friendly event!

How the race works: Dogs (of similar size) compete in a single-elimination, 25-yard sprint race. Spectators find it hilarious to watch the techniques dog owners use to get their pooch across the finish line – some dogs run for treats, and others, just for the love of running. Some run the wrong way, or not at all! Champions are declared and trophies and prizes awarded in four weight divisions. The overall canine champion receives a grand prize (and howling rights for a year).

If you have raced your dog in both the Avalon Park and Baldwin Park derbies, you will be eligible for an end of the year award at our awards banquet!

At this time we are looking for SPONSORS and VOLUNTEERS! A sponsor package will cost $200, and includes one event T-shirt and one 10 x 10 sales/promo area at the event. (You may want to bring tents, tables and chairs, and any signs, balloons and/or promo materials).

WHEN: Saturday, September 20, 2014 – 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: Avalon Park Town Park

HOW: Everyone can enjoy this annual festival! To register a dog to race, participants should sign up online or at one of our ‘Yappy Hours’ at participating restaurants in and around Avalon Park. The fee to enter is $15 pre-sale and $25 day of race. There is no admission fee for spectators.

WHY: HispanEduca believes that Hispanics need to have access to education policy & reform information and development as much as the elite, to stimulate and generate education civic engagement. Armed with actionable information about education policy issues, and the tools to take action, Hispanics can assume an active role in, and influence the development of education policies that take Hispanics’ education needs into consideration to help increase Hispanic/Latino education attainment levels. Let’s Get Educated!