The greyhounds (and bluehounds) are returning to the borough of Gettysburg this week for Greyhounds in Gettysburg 2016. This annual event, hosted by Nittany Greyhounds spans four fun-filled days, packed with activities for you and your furry friend.
Not limited to greyhounds, any well-behaved dog is invited to attend, and such well-behaved dogs weighing over 50 lbs. are also permitted inside the Expo Center—site to one of the many participating area venues, full of ongoing games, activities, educational seminars, and more. Over 60 vendors will be present, selling special dog-related items. See a complete list of vendors by visiting this link.
Events for this 18th annual event will commence on Thursday, April 28 with the Super Shopper Extravaganza happening at the Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg between 10 a.m. and noon. Dogs are of course welcome. You and your four-legged friend are invited to have another shopping spree later in the day with a Gettysburg In-Town Experience, taking place downtown from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Many stores will be offering specials, including goodies for humans and dogs alike. Then, you’re not going to want to miss the Greyt American Block Party happening at the Farnsworth House between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. A first in this annual event will include specially prepared food available with 50 percent of proceeds going towards greyhound adoption efforts. There will be an official welcome ceremony and Blessing of the Hounds right before 7 p.m. at the bonfire ring. Stay around the bonfire for two sessions of ghost stories and other tales, at 7 p.m. and again at 9 p.m. During the evening, several local venues will stay open with extended hours.
On Friday, April 29, events begin early at 8 a.m. with a special walk with the National Park Service at Museum and Visitor Center. Anyone previously registered for any of the dog-events this weekend will go to the Allstar Family Fun Complex for check-in at 10 a.m. At this point, various weekend-long events will start including general raffles, vendor shopping at the Expo, and special programs, seminars, and sessions. These include advice from presenting animal communicator Diana DelMonte, First Aid 101, and more. In keeping with tradition, there will also be a buffet dinner accompanied by live music at the Eisenhower Hotel Grand Ballroom.
Events for Saturday, April 30 will begin at 8:30 a.m. Enjoy such musing as an art workshop with Linda Evans, learn how to listen to your animals with a workshop from Diana DelMonte, and take part in plenty of other fun events. Vendors will open up at 9 a.m., and at this time the raffle will open. You can enjoy agility and dog competitions, “Stupid Greyhound Tricks,” a costume contest and parade, and many other ongoing events throughout the day. Other highlights include a workshop with animal behaviorist Bob Witmer, vaccine issues with Mary Ellen Sayre, the posting of the general raffle ticket winners, and the Brew & The Grey sampling event.
Sunday’s concluding event will feature the Blur of Fur Speed Run from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and a closing ceremony at 11 a.m. To see a detailed account of all activities and events, click here.
Greyhounds in Gettysburg, also known as GIG, was established in 1998. In 2003 the Triangle Greyhound Society stepped in and created the largely popular annual event of today. By 2013 Nittany Greyhounds, a local adoption group took over hosting the event, making it even bigger and better than ever. Greyhounds in Gettysburg is now the largest greyhound reunion in the country. More than a thousand people attended the 2015 event. You can learn all about Greyhounds in Gettysburg by following this link.