The Doggie Derby, now in its seventh year, will celebrate man’s best friend while helping kids and families in the Orlando area. In addition to the dog races, the event will feature more than 30 vendor booths with giveaways (including dog treats!), plus food and beverages for the humans. There is also a children’s play area at this 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. Champions are declared and trophies and prizes awarded in four weight divisions. The overall canine champion receives a grand prize (and bragging rights for a year).

WHEN: Saturday, March 8, 2014, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

WHERE: Corrine Commons in Baldwin Park, 1913 Meeting Place, Orlando, FL 32814.

HOW: Everyone can enjoy this annual festival!  To register a dog to race, participants should sign up at http://doggiederby.com/register-your-dog/. The fee to enter is $15 pre-sale and $25 day of race. There is no admission fee for spectators.

WHY: Proceeds from the Seventh Annual Doggy Derby benefit local students through Brightside Events’ Stock the Pantry program. Stock the Pantry provides non-perishable food over extended school breaks. The program was initiated after founders of the non-profit learned that more than 100 students that attend schools surrounding the community of Baldwin Park are homeless. These students rely heavily on meals provided during school hours.

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