STOW – The dog days of summer have arrived for the 13th annual Paw Fest 2019 on Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bow Wow Beach Dog Park, 5027 Stow Road.

Use the south entrance and donate $1 per car to park or bring a pair of used eyeglasses to donate instead. All dogs should be kept on a leash during the event.

"We provide a fun day for our dogs whether they are with a family or there to be adopted," said Chairman Marty Dennis.

Visitors can apply to own a dog during the event from one of the rescue groups.

The Stow-Munroe Falls Lions Club sponsors the event through the assistance of the city of Stow.

"The primary purpose of Lions Club is to help people with their vision," Dennis said.

The Lions Club will be collecting fruit cups, macaroni and cheese and bars of soap for Bulldog Bags which provide items for families who need assistance, giving them to students to take home on the weekends.

"We will sell tickets for gift raffles throughout the day," Dennis said. "The drawing begins at 3 p.m."

About 30 vendors will bring dog-related items to sell.

Plenty of fun activities are planned for pet owners and their canines with demonstrations in the morning and contests in the afternoon.

At 11 a.m. Stow's K-9 unit will demonstrate their skills.

At 11:20 a.m. "All Dogs Go to Kevin" has Kevin Duggan talk about his company and training procedures.

At 11:40 "Furry Friends" with Joshua Fresh talks about first aid for dogs.

Anyone who wants to participate in the contests needs to sign-in at the Lions’ Tent 15 minutes prior to each contest. Prizes are awarded to the top finishers and treat bags are given to those who enter.

At 12:30 p.m. The Best Dog Costume in a Parade will be judged.

At 1 p.m. is the Best Dog Trick Contest.

At 1:30 p.m. is Long & Short Dog Tails Contest with the mayors of Stow and Munroe Falls doing the honors of measuring the tails.

At 2 p.m. is the Dunkin' for a Tennis Ball Contest, which is new this year. Tennis balls will be placed in a children's swimming pool, and the dog must pick out a ball, with no coaching allowed from the owner. Those marked with an X or star win a prize. 

Judges of the contests include Kristina Dahlhausen; Tom Stephan; John Yarsa; Ed and Peggy Gallek of Fox 8 News; Mayors James Armstrong and John Pribonic; Gary Aleman, Stow's 2019 Volunteer of the Year; and Phil Ferguson of WNIR Radio.

Proceeds from Paw Fest help provide Lions Club services such as pilot dogs, which cost $8,000 each; collecting more than 12,000 pairs of eyeglasses for people around the world; Real Eyes program for students; Preschool Eye Screening Program; Free eye exams and glasses; Safety Buckets to all Stow-Munroe Falls classrooms for emergency assistance; and annual support with Thanksgiving Holiday Food Baskets, Greater Akron Lions Eye Program, and $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors.

Sponsors include Akron Rubber Ducks, Mayor Pribonic, Great Trails Scouts & Local Girl Scouts, and Linda Nahrstedt and Christine Sheridan.

Reporter Laura Freeman can be reached at 330-541-9434 or