April 25th – 28th, 2019

Full Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Entire Event

8:00a – 9:30a Civil War Tour
The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, Emmitsburg, MD
Join us for an all new historic walk! This Shrine is literally 5 minutes south on Route 15, and is a special talk about the significance of the Shrine during the Civil War -- a story you haven't heard.
Please arrive at The Seton Shrine, 339 S. Seton Avenue, Emmitsburg, MD, by 7:50am and meet your guide at the front door of the Visitor Center. You will be ushered inside (yes, with your dogs too) to the theater where you will view a 10-minute film; then you will go back outside for the Civil War Tour. This will take approximately an hour.
8:30a – 10:30a Art Workshop Linda Evans
Allstar Family Fun Center Cafeteria
Linda will offer both beginning and advanced instruction in her style of painting. You will begin with a basic design and add your spin on it. Linda also promises something totally new for this year! See the flyer for more information about this year's workshop. The session has limited attendance and available for pre-registration only.
10:00a – 4:00p Check-in and Raffle Continues
Allstar Family Fun Center
Pre-registrants can check in at this time and get all the items purchased in advance. The raffle will continue and tickets will be for sale and can be put into bags for a chance at winning great prizes donated by our vendors.
10:00a – 4:00p Vendor Shopping
Allstar Family Fun Center
The vendors will be open for business again! Shopping closes promptly at 4pm.
11:00a – 11:45a Costume Contest and Parade
Allstar Family Fun Center
Put on your best costume; dress up the hounds, and come to the entrance of the Activities Area for a line-up. We'll parade around the Expo Hall at 10:30am and end up at the Off Leash Play area for judging in several categories. There will be a $40 cash prize for the best in each category.
• Best Group Costumes (more than 3)
• Most Creative Costume
• Ugliest Costume (intentional)
12:00p – 12:45p Living the Farm Sanctuary Life Gene Baur
Allstar Family Fun Center Activities Area
Based on advice from his best selling novel, Gene discusses the cathartic belief of connecting our beliefs with our actions. His presentation will explore how individuals can be effective forces of change and compassion wherever they are on their personal journeys.
Gene Baur has been hailed as the "conscience of the food movement" by Time Magazine. He is a pioneer in the field of undercover investigations and farm animal rescue, spending his life advocating for better conditions for farm animals. His efforts have been covered nationally and he has published two best-selling books. He serves as President and Co-Founder of the Farm Sanctuary, the nation's leading farm animal protection organization, with shelters in New York and California and was recently named one of Oprah Winfrey's Supersoul 100 Givers.
1:00p – 1:45p Choosing a Safe Dog Food (It's Harder Than You Think) Dana Scott
Allstar Family Fun Center Activities Area
Good nutrition is the foundation for good health. Yet most dog owners have no idea what they're feeding their dogs and how it can harm them. Learn how to unravel the mysteries of pet foods and why you should never again trust the pet food industry.
Dana Scott is the founder and CEO of Dogs Naturally Magazine, writer, Facebook influencer and keynote speaker. Dana also breeds naturally reared Labrador Retrievers. Dana has been interviewed on the ABC Good Morning Show, CBS, CBC, and CityNews, and was called a hipster by the National Post because of her stance against over-vaccination! Dana's mission is to help dog owners make healthier choices that positively impact veterinary medicine and the planet.
1:00p – 3:00p Ice Cream Social Greyt Expectations Greyhound Rescue
Allstar Family Fun Center
Greyt Expectations Greyhound Rescue will host an ice cream social! Join us for some great ice cream (suitable for both you and your dog) and good company. This event is free, but donations are appreciated.
This event will be held outside near the food trucks.
2:00p – 4:00p Raffle Ticket Winners Posted
Allstar Family Fun Center
Winning numbers will be posted on the wall above the raffle prizes. You will have until 4pm to pick up your prizes.
2:00p – 3:15p The Latest Immunotherapy Research & Treatment of Cancer in Greyhounds Dr. Nicola Mason, Ph.D.
Allstar Family Fun Center Activities Area
Cancer is the leading cause of death in dogs over the age of 10. Currently, three main types of cancer treatment exist for dogs and cats – surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. These treatments are used either alone or in combination to eliminate cancer cells from the body.
Despite these treatments, some cancer cells usually survive leading todisease relapse or progression. Unfortunately, most patients usually die of relapsed, drug-resistant metastatic disease.
Another type of therapy that is rapidly gaining attention in the treatment of cancer in people is immunotherapy. In this therapeutic approach, the patient's own immune system is used to target and kill cancer cells in the body. Dr. Mason runs a translational research laboratory that focuses on ways to train the immune system to recognize and kill cancers in dogs, with exciting and ground-breaking results!
Presented by Dr. Nicola Mason, Ph.D., VBetMed, Associate Professor of Medicine & Pathobiology, University of Pennsylvania Veterinary Medicine, Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Philadelphia, PA.
3:30p – 4:00p The Greyhound Health Initiative and You Brian Collins
Allstar Family Fun Center Activities Area
The Greyhound Health Initiative was founded as a nonprofit to continue Dr. Couto's Greyhound wellness programs after his retirement from OSU where he had created them. Brian will be speaking about GHI's mission and why is is so vitally important to adopters and veterinarians around the world, relaying details about the "Greyhound bleeding disorder", ongoing SDMA research efforts, corns, GHI's programs, canine blood bank, benefits to joining GHI and more. Please join him for this informative and entertaining presentation.
Brian Collins has been the Executive Director of The Greyhound Health Initiative almost since its very beginning in 2014. He and his wife, Suzie, have been active in the Greyhound community since adopting their first retired racer, Nellie, in 2002. But it wasn't until a couple of years later when they got their first osteosarcoma diagnosis that they met Dr. Guillermo Couto at Ohio State University and found out that what they had adopted was not a regular dog. Over the next decade as they adopted six more retired racers they made many more trips to OSU for two more osteosarcoma diagnoses, one "enlarged heart with a severe murmur" scare (turned out to be just a greyhound thing), and several other "greyhound idiosyncrasies," they became increasingly familiar with Dr. Couto's research into Greyhound physiology and had the opportunity to hear him speak on the topic many times. When Dr. Couto retired from OSU and made it known that he wanted to continue his work, Brian jumped at the opportunity to be part of it. Currently both Brian and Suzie dedicate much of their time to helping The Greyhound health Initiative while taking care of their three retired racers; Isabelle (12), Petey (11) and Zin (3).
6:00p – 8:00p General Reception
Eisenhower Hotel Pool Area
7:00p Champagne Banquet and Keynote Speakers Senator Alloway and Dr. Martin Goldstein
Eisenhower Hotel Grand Ballroom
The 20th anniversary banquet will consist of stations this year with more options and a free glass of champagne will be included with each meal. Our guest speakers will be Senator Alloway and Dr. Martin Goldstein.
Senator Richard Alloway of the 33rd District (Adams, Cumberland, Franklin & York Counties) and co-author of Pennsylvania's Comprehensive Animal Cruelty Act (Libre's Law), which was signed into law in summer of 2017. Libre, a Boston Terrier, was rescued at 4-months old from an Amish dog breeder who had left him for dead. Libre suffered from a host of ailments but has recovered and is in a new home. His rescue drew national attention and inspired the effort to write a law guaranteeing the rights of animals in Pennsylvania. Senator Richard Alloway's biography.
Dr. Marty is considered by many experts, and thousands of satisfied clients, to be America's foremost integrative veterinarian. The results he has achieved have been so astounding that today critically ill dogs and cats from all over the world are brought to Smith Ridge Veterinary Center where doctors trained by Dr. Marty give these animals a new chance at life and health. Many people who arrive have exhausted all of the available conventional treatment options and are faced with a very sick pet who is only getting worse; others are true-believers in a integrative-only approach to maintaining their animal's health or treating their malady.
The full menu:
Appetizer station: Cheeses, Veggies, Fruit, Meatballs, Mini-Tacos, Assorted Deep Fried Veggies/Cheese Sticks
Soup station: Chicken Noodle soup, Vegetable soup, Crackers
Chef-carved meat station: Steamship Round of Beef, Ham, Silver Dollar Rolls, Condiments
Potato bar: Mashed potatoes, Baked potatoes, French Fries, Sour Cream, Butter, Chives, Bacon Bits, Shredded Cheese, Gravy, Jalapenos, Broccoli, Chili, Salsa
Vegetarian bar: Mac & Cheese, Baked Ziti, Tortellini Alfredo
Dessert bar: Pies, Cakes, Cheese Cakes
Dogs are not allowed at the banquet and there will be no dog-sitting.

Full Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Entire Event

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