Pug Fest

The 13th Annual Milwaukee Pug Fest


Sunday - May 21, 2017


Milwaukee County Indoor Sports Complex
6000 W. Ryan Road (Hwy 100)
Franklin, WI 53132
9:45am - 4:00pm

Schedule of Activities



We will have two buses to take you and your pugs on a mini tour of Milwaukee on Saturday morning, stopping at first at the House of Harley, followed by a drive-by tour of Milwaukee, proceeding to downtown stopping at the Riverwalk for the annual group pictures at the "Fonz" statue.

After pictures with the "Fonz", the last stop will be to the famous Harley-Davidson Iron Horse Hotel where the staff will be throwing a *Yappy Hour" party for the pugs in "The Yard", allowing their humans to have lunch and adult beverages. "The Yard" is the perfect spot to grab a cocktail while you sit back under the colorful overhead sails that provide the delicate balance of sun and shade. The Iron Horse special events staff will have dog vendors providing dog bakery, pet pictures, and others. The Branded is a classic Milwaukee bar in the Iron Horse with a vintage modern décor matches the cocktail list, with specialties ranging from old-fashioned high balls to brave new concoctions by Branded's resident mixologists. Offering the best bar food in Milwaukee, the Branded menu rocks classics with a kick. Try their suggested beer pairings that have been handpicked by their well-versed bartenders and Chefs! The bus will leave the Iron Horse at approximately 2:00pm to take you back to the hotel to rest for the evening "Get together Party". Tickets are $7.00 per human and covers bus rental and driver tip.

Tickets can be purchased through the Pug Rescue Network online store, PUGJAVA Store website.

6:00pm We have the Comfort Suites Conference Center "Get-Together Party" that starts from 6pm-9pm. All attending rescues will have a table pre-selling their merchandise before the "Big Event". We will have the "6 Mutts Chicago Dog Food truck" that will be directly outside of the conference center. There is a cash bar with free soft drinks available. Each Rescue donates raffle items and baskets that are raffled off and all proceeds from the raffle are awarded to three attending Pug Rescues by a drawing. We will also have 2017 event apparel and merchandise for sale.


Doors open at 9:45am and the first 300 families receive a "goodie bag" filled with various merchandise provided by various manufacturers. Services onsite include a pet photography by In Focus Photography; nail trimming by Madra Pet Styling; and animal communicator Robin Williamson. There will be demonstrations and contests. The contests include three categories of the Costume contest. The three categories are "Hand-crafted", "Ready-made" and "Strollers & Floats". Fr. John Allen will perform the "Blessing of the Pugs" which includes a general blessing and individualized blessings. There is also a Pug Race which medals and prizes are awarded to the top three winners.

Pug Fest also has the "PUGFEST STORE" selling event merchandise, a 400 Item-plus Silent Auction, and approximately 70-plus vendors.

9:45am Doors Open
10:30am Opening Remarks
11:00am Milwaukee County Sheriff's K-9 Demonstration
11:45am "Popeye & Sailor"

If you're proud when you can get your dog to sit, you'll be amazed at what the talented canine performer Sailor can do. Under the guidance of her trainer, Alex "Popeye" Rothacker, Sailor jumps rope, walks a tightrope and balances a ball while walking, to name a few of her dog-gone enjoyable stunts. Alex and his amazing dog act have performed throughout the U.S. and Canada for more than 20 years. They have made numerous TV appearances, including three times on "Late Show with David Letterman" and another on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," where the audience voted Sailor the "Smartest Dog in the World."

Alex demonstrates animal training as well as the value of a good obedience foundation and pet safety. Respect for animals is also communicated. Alex entertains audience questions following the program, which may help anyone whose dog is not quite at the sitting-on-command stage.

Afterwards Popeye and Sailor the Poodle will be available for up close & personal, and photo-op's.

12:30pm Silent Auction #1 Closes
1:00pm "Blessing of the Pugs and friends" by Fr. John Allen
1:30pm Costume Contests
  1. Ready Made Costumes
  2. Hand Crafted Costumes
  3. Float & Buggy Category
2:00pm Raffle Table closes
2:30pm Silent Auction Table #2 closes
3:00pm Pug Races


Bluegrass Allstars

We are privileged to have the "Bluegrass Allstars" performing between 11am to 2:00pm. This popular group was again a hit last year when they strolled the Complex and randomly play requested tunes. One of the group's members, Dan Nimphius, has played at the Grand Ole Opry twice with Vince Gill.

Gemma Correll

Renowned Cartoonist, Writer and Illustrator, Author of "A Cat's Life", "A Dog's Life", "A Pug's Guide to Etiquette" and "The Worrier's Guide to Life" will have a booth selling her work with a portion going to Pug Rescue.

Advanced Ticket Information

ADVANCED TICKETS - AVOID THE LINES AND SAVE MONEY!! Advanced Adult tickets are $6.00 each and Children under 10 years are $2.00 each for a limited time. We accept check, Mastercard, Visa and Discover. BE SURE TO INCLUDE A SELF-ADDRESSED STAMPED ENVELOPE.

Click here for Advanced Ticket Form

Admission at The Door

Adults $8.00 each and Children under 10 years are $3.00 each. $3 Parking Fee - Collected by Milwaukee County Parks Department.

Hotel Information

Comfort Suites Milwaukee Airport

6362 S. 13th Street, Oak Creek, WI 53154
Phone: 414-570-1111

Standard Suite Single King/Double Queen: $94.00/night+tax
Whirlpool Suite/Poolside Suite: $114.00/night+tax
(Room Rate Includes the price of two adults & two dogs. Each additional Adult: $10/day. Each additional Dog: $5/day.)

Reservation Link (Available 12:01am August 1st)

Candlewood Suites

6440 S. 13th Street, Oak Creek, WI 53154
Phone: 414-570-9999

Standard Studio: $94.00/night+tax
King Studio: $114.00/night+tax
(Room Rate Includes the price of two adults & two dogs. Each additional Adult: $10/day. Each additional Dog: $5/day.)

Reservation Link (Available 12:01am August 1st)

Vendor Information

Milwaukee Pug Fest is looking for Vendors for the upcoming Milwaukee Pug Fest. If you are interested, please download the Vendor Agreement Form and return to us.

Volunteer Information

We are looking for Volunteers to assist the committee in running the event. If you would like to help, please compete the volunteer form and either email it or send it to the addresses noted on the form.

Pug Fest Rules

  • All Pets must be up-to-date on vaccinations.
  • ALL Dogs must be on a FIXED-LENGTH LEAD - NO "FLEXI-LEASHES" Allowed.
  • No Aggressive Dogs Allowed.

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