Dogtober Fest


Who let the DOGS out?  Join more than 3,000 dogs and dog lovers for a doggone good time at the Kemper Outdoor Education Center!  Explore more than 75 booths featuring everything from pet photos and pet supplies to pet sitters and rescue. Take part in contests like Best Trick, Best Kisser, Best Tail-wagger, Best Biscuit Eater, Dog/Owner Look-alikes, and the popular Halloween Costume Contest!  Try Gunny Sack Races, Bobbing for Biscuits, Musical Discs and more!
It's FUN for your dogs... FUN for their Pets (that would be YOU!)... and FUN FOR ALL!

Sunday, October 22, 2023; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Kemper Outdoor Education Center in Fleming Park
8201 S. Jasper Bell Road, Blue Springs, MO 64015
For information, email or call 816-229-8980, ext. 2

FREE ADMISSION with your donation of dry or canned dog food for our Dog Food Drive to benefit area animal shelters. Some activities require a registration fee. 
DOGTOBER FEST BENEFITS the Kemper Outdoor Education Center, Lee's Summit Animal Shelter, and many other local shelters and rescues.

FREE ACTIVITIES - No Registration Required.

  • Contests & Games

Bobbing for Biscuits, Sack Races, Roll-Over Races, Biscuit Eating, Musical Discs, Biscuit Toss, Costume Contest, Dog/Owner Look-a-Likes, Biggest Dog and Smallest Dog. 

  • Booths

Adopt-A-Pet, Breed Clubs, Rescues, Pet Resorts, Doggie Day Care, Trainers, Service Dogs, Groomers, Dog Bakeries, Veterinarians, Fencing and a wide-array of dog related products and services. To request a Vendor Booth Application, please email

  • Demonstrations

Newfoundland’s trained in water rescue, Frisbee Catching Dogs, Obedience, Rally, Tricks, Agility, Nose Work, and many more! 

TICKETED ACTIVITIES - Registration Required.

Pre-purchase your tickets here
Register online in advance or purchase tickets at the Registration Booth on event day. All arena areas will be open from 10AM - 4PM for you and your pup to try something new or learn a new sport.  

     1 Ticket = $7
2 Tickets = $12
3 Tickets = $16 
4 or more Tickets = $5 each

Tickets are good for any of the activities below: 

  • Canine Adventure Challenge

This non-competetive obstacle course spells fun and teamwork for you and your dog. The course features 20+ obstacles to intrigue and challenge. It's done on leash, allowing all dogs to join in. Anyone can do it!

  • Dog Walk

Grab your leash and lace up your hiking boots! This one-mile dog-walk gets you moving down our nature trails when fall colors should be at their peak.

  • Agility Fun Runs

Two-minute fun runs. Dogs must complete a pre-qualifying run. We reserve the right to refuse dogs not ready for the contact obstacles.

  • Teacup Agility Fun Runs

For dogs of smaller stature who are no more than 20" at the shoulders. The agility obstacles are a scaled down version more appropriate for their size. If you and your smaller dog have experience and are proficient on agility equipment, come check us out!

  • Nosework Practice Search

In K9 Nose Work we start training indoors but then expand search areas to the great outdoors, increasing distractions and odor complexity. If you and your dog are already proficient with K9 Nose Work and you'd like the opportunity to practice your skills, join us for this activity.

  • Obedience Show & Go

Show off what you learned in obedience class (heeling, stand, come and stay in Novice and Pre-Novice). There is no scoring and you may use treats or Gentle Leaders. No harsh corrections or e-collars allowed. Test your dog's ability!

  • Rally Show & Go

Have your dog perform the commands at each sign. You may use hand signals, verbal commands and praise freely. Test your dog's ability. Divisions include Novice and Advanced

  • Trick Title Evaluation

Does your dog know a lot of tricks? You may be able to earn a Trick Dog Title! We will be evaluating both AKC and Do More With Your Dog titles. (There will be a Best Trick Competition in the Center Arena at 2:30 p.m. Contest participation is free!

  • Canine Good Citizen Test

The American Kennel Club's CGC Program rewards dogs who show good manners at home and in the community. Dogs who pass all 10 exercises receive a certificate from the AKC. Bring your dog's rabies certificate and a dog brush. Details can be found at (go to Events). You will need to pay an additional fee to the AKC to receive your certificate.

SPECIAL ACTIVITIES - Separate Registration Required

Registration for the activities below must be purchased separately.  Tickets will not be accepted for these events. 

  • Frisbee Dog Competition @ 12PM…$7

If your dog can catch a Frisbee, try this event! Points are given for distance and accuracy. First place trophy and medals are offered for top three scores in novice and advanced divisions. Advanced Online Registration is recommended. If registering at the event, registration closes at 11:30 a.m. 

  • Paint Your Pet @ 1PM... $45

Take a seat in front of your canvas, pre-drawn with your pet! We will walk you through how to Paint Your Pet step-by-step. No skill required, we guarantee you'll take home a painting you'll love! 


  • Hourly Drawings

Prize drawings will be held every hour in the Center Arena. Pick up your ticket at the Center Arena. 

  • Raffle Items

Many of our vendors are donating items for our raffle table. Be sure to visit the raffle booth near the center arena to view items and purchase tickets!

  • Food Trucks

Minsky's Pizza and Tacos El Sombrero will be on-site serving up a variety tasty temptations to satisfy your hunger!


Email to request a vendor packet. 

BECOME A SPONSOR!                                                                                      

Put your products and services in front of 5,000 dog owners!  Major sponsorship packages start at $300 and include:

* Your Logo on 8,000 Dogtober Fest Brochures
* Your Logo on 250 Dogtober Fest T-Shirts
* Your Logo on 3000 Event Maps and Programs
* Your Logo on Dogtober Fest Banner
* Your Logo on our website for up to 8 months
* Booth Space
* Coupon/bounce back opportunity
* Event T-Shirts for your staff or clients
* Sponsorship of free games and contests
* Recognition in multiple on-site announcements at the Center Arena 

Call 816-229-8980 or email for information.

Join in all the fun there is to have at Dogtober Fest 2023!
You'll have a DOGGONE Good Time! 


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