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GiG 2020 has been canceled due to the health crisis. Stay safe and hug those hounds!


Thursday

4:30p Parade Line-Up Gettysburg Outlet Mall
5:00p Parade Starts Gettysburg Outlet Mall
5:30p Blessing of the Hounds Outlet Mall Gazebo
Hot Dogs/Drinks/Cake Social Outlet Mall Gazebo
Door Prizes (Formerly Free Ticket Raffle) Outlet Mall Gazebo
7:00p Bonfire & Stories Eisenhower Hotel Front Yard

Friday

8:30a Group Walk (To Be Announced)
10:00a Event Check-In Opens Allstar Family Fun Center
10:00a - 4:00p Vendor Shopping
11:00a - 3:30p Doggie Daycare Available (donation appreciated) Fenced Area Behind Allstar Center
12:00p - 4:00p General Raffle Ticket Sales Open
1:00p - 1:45p Speaker 1 Alyssa Watson, National Museum of Civil War Medicine Activities Area, Allstar Center
2:00p - 2:45p Speaker 2 Panel Session: Meet the Breeds Activities Area, Allstar Center
3:00p - 3:45p Speaker 3 Patti Goettler, Therapy Dog Trainer & Tester Activities Area, Allstar Center
4:15p Allstar Center Closes for the Day
5:00p - 7:00p Game Night! Eisenhower Hotel Pool Area
7:00p PARTY! Music, Food and Games! (Free for event pre-registrants) Bourbon Mill Restaurant, 4797 York Road, Oxford, PA

Saturday

8:00a - 9:15a Sunrise Symposium: Monuments and Meaning: Making Sense of the Civil War Memorial Landscape Seminary Ridge Museum
8:30a - 10:30a Art Workshop Linda Evans, Greyhound Design Artist
9:00a - 4:00p Registration Check-in Allstar Center
9:00a - 4:00p Vendor Sales
9:00a - 1:30p General Raffle Ticket Sales Continue
10:00a - 4:00p Doggie Daycare (free, but donation appreciated) Fenced Area Behind Allstar Center
11:00a - 12:00p Costume Contest Activities Area Line-Up with Parade around the inside of the Center
12:00p - 12:45p Speaker 4 Claudia Presto, Greyhound Gang, Knab, Utah Activities Area, Allstar Center
12:00p - 2:00p Ice Cream Social Inside near the Registration Table - Sponsored by Greyt Expectations
1:00p - 1:45p Speaker 5 James Gartland, Executive Director/Secretary-Treasurer, National Greyhound Association Activities Area, Allstar Center
1:30p - 3:30p Raffle Winners Posted & Prizes Distributed Prizes must be picked up by 3:30p.
2:00p - 2:45p Speaker 6: Alex Harris - Brand Manager & Shari Trythall - Territory Sales Consultant, Zeigler's Distribution, Inc. Activities Area, Allstar Center
3:00p - 9:00p A DAY IN FREDERICK: MAYFEST 2020

Sunday

8:00a - 9:00a Early Bird Group Walk Bob Witmer, Behaviorist (Meet at the Allstar Family Fun Center)
8:00a - 9:45a Art Workshop Steve Wirtz, Cartuna
8:00a - 10:00a Free Continental Breakfast for GiG Registrants Served in the Allstar Family Fun Center Activities--Note that you must be registered for GiG and have a bracelet to enter the Activities Area for breakfast.
9:00a - 12:00p Art Raffle Ticket Sales & 50/50 Cash Prize Ticket Sales
9:00a - 1:00p Vendor Sales
9:30a - 12:00p Extended Behavior/Leadership Training Bob Witmer, Doggie 911 Practical Behaviorist & Nittany Greyhounds Board Member
12:30p Tickets Drawn for Art Raffle Prizes & 50/50 Cash Prize
1:00p GiG 2020 Closes

Entire Event

Doggy Babysitting
Off-Leash Play Area
Poop Stations
Houndstooth Dentals
Wrist Bands

4:30p

Parade Line-Up Gettysburg Outlet Mall

5:00p

Parade Starts

5:30p

Blessing of the Hounds

Hot Dogs/Drinks/Cake Social

Door Prizes (Formerly Free Ticket Raffle)

7:00p

Bonfire & Stories Eisenhower Hotel Front Yard

8:30a

Group Walk To Be Announced

10:00a

Event Check-In Opens Allstar Family Fun Center

10:00a - 4:00p

Vendor Shopping

11:00a - 3:30p

Doggie Daycare (donation appreciated) Fenced Area Behind Allstar Center

12:00p - 4:00p

General Raffle Ticket Sales Open

1:00p - 1:45p

Speaker 1 Allstar Family Fun Center Activities Area

Alyssa Watson, National Museum of Civil War Medicine. "Veterinary Medicine During the Civil War", Civil War Medicine was not just for soldiers; veterinary medicine also played a critical role in the war effort. Come hear about all of the veterinary innovations that came directly from the Civil War battlefield. Learn about the origins of veterinary medicine and how the war's innovations are still relevant today!

2:00p - 2:45p

Speaker 2 Allstar Family Fun Center Activities Area

Panel Session: Meet the Breeds. Pods, Galgos, Salukis, Borzois, Whippets and other sighthounds...thinking of checking into getting one? Come meet people who have done just that. Hear about their personalities and their differences from the racing greyhounds we all love so much!

3:00p - 3:45p

Speaker 3 Allstar Family Fun Center Activities Area

Patti Goettler, Greyt Heart Service Dogs, AKC CGC Evaluator, ATD Therapy Dog Tester/Observer. "Your greyhound can be a Service Dog, Therapy Dog, or Emotional Support Dog: What Do These Designations Mean? What's Involved and How Can You Get Your Dog Involved? Come Find out!

4:15p

Allstar Center Closes for the Day

5:00p - 7:00p

Game Night! Eisenhower Hotel

Join the Axell family and several dozen of their best friends at a "Get to Know You" event! The games we play are designed to help you get to know others who come to GiG; to make new friends and meet up with people you may have met last year. This is just a fun, social evening with lots of laughter and prizes!

7:00p

PARTY! (free for event pre-registrants) Bourbon Mill Restaurant, 4797 York Road, Oxford, PA

Join us as we go back to the big party event! The Bourbon Mill is brand new, with a huge outside, covered deck with seating, a large pavilion directly behind, a very large grassy yard, and both volleyball and bocci courts. There will be a cash bar and food available for purchase (we're working on a special menu and cost and will announce when finalized). We're planning games with prizes and some other fun surprises...dogs are welcome and bring a chair along!

8:00a - 9:15a

Sunrise Symposium: Monuments and Meaning: Making Sense of the Civil War Memorial Landscape
Seminary Ridge Museum, 111 Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg, PA

"In the decades following the fighting in South Central Pennsylvania, Union and Confederate veterans began erecting monuments on the Gettysburg battlefield to memorialize the Civil War. Contentious debates surrounded the construction of these monuments from the beginning. Join Pete Miele, COO & Director of Education, to take a deep look at two Gettysburg monuments and discover a new way to think about the stone sentinels that dot our landscape."

NOTE: This symposium will be held outside of the Seminary in the grassy yard, so please bring a chair or blanket to sit on. The symposium will last approximately 45 minutes and you are welcome to walk the grounds after the talk, if you wish.

8:30a - 10:30a

Art Workshop Linda Evans, Greyhound Design Artist

"Mirror, Mirror!" Come join the fun and make a framed 8" x 10" decorative greyhound-design mirror, ready to hang and to reflect your creative side. No prior art experience is required. Go as traditional as you like or as wild as you imagine you can be! There will be lots of templates, stamping ideas, stick-ons, and colored bling, including a ready-made, die-cut greyhound and the mirror for decorating.

All materials will be provided - $36/person and attendance is limited.

9:00a - 4:00p

Registration Check-In Allstar Family Fun Center

9:00a - 4:00p

Vendor Sales

9:00a - 1:30p

General Raffle Ticket Sales Continue

10:00a - 4:00p

Doggie Daycare (donation appreciated) Fenced Area Behind Allstar Center

11:00a - 12:00a

Costume Contest Activities area line-up with parade around the inside of the center.

Categories this year are: "Best Other Animal Besides Dog," "Best Group," and "Most Creative." There will be cash prizes awarded to the best in each caregory!

12:00p - 12:45p

Speaker 4 Allstar Family Fun Center Activities Area

Claudia Presto, Greyhound Gang, Knab, Utah. "I Know This To Be True.", I have a passion for sighthounds. They have taught me so much -- medical, behavioral, and spiritual -- and I love to wax eloquent about anything and everything about them. This Fast & Furious Q & A Session promises, demos, laughs, and even some new knowledge. Demos will include, but not limited to, turkey necks, raw food, carrying, petting, etc.

12:00p - 2:00p

Ice Cream Social Sponsored by Greyt Expectations

We're moving the Ice Cream Social inside this year, and it will be located in the corner, by the Event Registration Desk! This 'cool' event will be hosted again by Greyt Expectations and donations are appreciated.

1:00p - 1:45p

Speaker 5 Allstar Family Fun Center Activities Area

James Gartland, Executive Director/Secretary-Treasurer, National Greyhound Association.

1:30p - 3:30p

Raffle Winners Posted & Prizes Distributed Allstar Family Fun Center

Prizes must be picked up by 3:30p.

2:00p - 2:45p

Speaker 6 Allstar Family Fun Center Activities Area

Alex Harris - Brand Manager & Shari Trythall - Territory Sales Consultant, Zeigler's Distribution, Inc. "DCM: Then & Now and What Really Happened"

3:00p - 9:00p

A DAY IN FREDERICK: MAYFEST 2020

Note that the final Mayfest Schedule for Frederick will be announced as they are confirmed. But for right now, along with live music, food trucks and other downtown events, this is what we have scheduled specifically for our group:
--3:30 p.m. Historic Walk in Downtown Frederick: Join us for a fun, easy guided walk around the quaint, historic district of Frederick. (more details to follow)
--5:00 p.m. Doggie Costume Parade & Contest (location TBA)

8:00a - 9:00a

Early Bird Group Behavior Walk Allstar Family Fun Center

Join Bob Witmer, Behaviorist, for a walk around the Allstar grounds. Bob will help you understand the benefits of walking, exercise, and socialization for your dog, while answering specific questions you may have.

8:00a - 9:45a

Art Workshop Steve Wirtz, Cartuna

"Paper Mache Pet-tacular, The Greyhound Edition." In this fun workshop, you will make a paper mache greyhound with master sculptor, Steve Wirtz of Cartuna. Start out with a pre-made wire armature/frame (that's the hard part) and decorate it with layers of colored paper and other doo-dads to create your masterpiece. - $45/person, and class size will be limited.

8:00a - 10:00a

Free Continental Breakfast for GiG Registrants Allstar Family Fun Center Activities Area

Served in the Allstar Family Fun Center Activities--Note that you must be registered for GiG and have a bracelet to enter the Activities Area for breakfast..

9:00a - 12:00p

Art Raffle Ticket Sales & 50/50 Cash Prize Ticket Sales

9:00a - 1:00p

Vendor Sales

9:30a - 12:00p

Extended Behavior/Leadership Training

Bob Witmer, Doggie 911 Practical Behaviorist & Nittany Greyhounds Board Member. This extended session will cover a multitude of topics, including "Being the Leader of Your Pack," "Dog Body Language," common behavior problems (especially for new greyhound owners or for those adding a new dog to their pack.)

12:30p

Tickets Drawn for Art Raffle Prizes & 50/50 Cash Prize

1:00p

GiG 2020 Closes


Doggy Babysitting: There will be a babysitting area behind the Allstar Center (in the old batting cage), and you may "park" your dog(s) there for short periods of time while you shop or eat. It is a free service but donations are appreciated and we also ask that you limit your dog's time there to 2 hours. Blankets and water and baby pools will be provided for your dog's comfort.

Off-Leash Play Area: We will again provide a large fenced area for off-leash play, which will be open all weekend, even after hours. Please observe the rules to ensure that everyone is safe and be considerate of others who may be there.

RULES OF THE OFF-LEASH PLAY AREA:

  • Use of play area is at your own risk.
  • All dogs must be muzzled while off leash; no exceptions! (Italian Greyhounds are exempt from this rule when they are in the off-leash play area during their designated exclusive play times.)
  • Dogs must be under visual and/or voice control of an adult at all times.
  • No bullying or aggressive behavior will be allowed, by dogs or humans.
  • No dogs under 35 pounds are permitted in with the large dogs (there are specific hours for small dogs--please abide by them).
  • We would ask that you limit the play area to 10 dogs or less at any given time. If it is crowded, please wait your turn.
  • Clean up after your dog is imperative. Pay attention!
  • SMALL DOG HOURS: 10 - 11 a.m.; 2 - 3 p.m.

NOTE: There are no specific hours for small dogs after hours; if you bring your small dog to the off leash play area and there are big dogs inside, DO NOT put your dog in with them. Some greyhounds are not small dog safe and you are taking a big chance if you do. We want you and your pup to be safe so please use common sense.

Poop Stations: Note that there are several poop stations around the Allstar Center and the Eisenhower Hotel. They will be cleaned on a regular basis and there will be bags available at each one. There's absolutely no excuse for you not to pick up after your dogs. It is vitally important for us to do this if we are to be welcomed back to the various venues where we have events. Please walk your dogs outside before coming into the Allstar Center to give them an opportunity to go outside instead of inside against someone's booth. If an accident does happen inside, there are at least 4 clean-up stations available--we expect you to clean up after your dog(s).

Houndstooth Dentals: The Tooth Fairy will be joining us again this year, so if you would like an anesthetic-free dental for your dog(s), please e-mail Kathy directly at pettoothfairy@gmail.com. Note that there will not be any on-the-spot dentals, so please do e-mail ahead for an appointment. They will be doing dentals during vendor hours at the Allstar Center, but they will also take appointments outside of those hours. Contact her asap because they fill up fast!

Wrist Bands: Just one more note that you will need to be registered for GiG if you want to hear our speakers, so please get registered. You will be given your wrist band when you check in upon arrival at the Allstar Center. Registration opens on Friday morning at 10 a.m.