Also known as “American Idol with Paws,” family-friendly pet-oriented PuppyFest debuts at the U.S. Cellular Center on Saturday, Sept. 28. According to a press release, the event was created by Asheville radio/TV personality and ghostbuster Joshua P. Warren, who will enlist the help of the Asheville Tattoo Fest’s J.R. Yarnall.
From the press release:
“This is the ultimate celebration in search of tomorrow’s star puppy,” says Warren, who has appeared on Animal Planet and published the popular book Pet Ghosts. “We are shooting a major TV pilot as an international panel of judges takes cuddly puppies through five categories, like friendliness, feistiness, and personality. The winning puppy will appear on packages of Green Earth Pet Food, and the owner will receive a cash prize and trophy.”
Warren got the idea for PuppyFest after footage he shot of his sister’s puppy appeared on MTV. “I wondered what gave this puppy such star quality,” he mused. “And then lightning struck—I realized the quest for an ultimate celebrity puppy would be fun for everyone! My dog is a rescue, so it’s also a wonderful way to raise money for pet care and adoption. We plan to take this event around the country, and pet-loving Asheville was the perfect place to begin.”
The one-day festival is sponsored by the Asheville Humane Society/Animal Compassion Network and Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, and a portion of the proceeds go to these and charities like them. Anyone can bring a puppy up to 8 months old. $10 adults/$5 children age 12 and under.