DukeFest is a doggone good event


Miss Pinky Sprinkles, the pig, and canine Mr. Stash Bandit participate in the “muttrimony” ceremony Saturday afternoon during DukeFest in Franklin.

DukeFest organizers reported that attendees gave $7,600 on Saturday, Sept. 10. Organizers said that amount, added to donations and fundraisers throughout the year, brings the total to $10,201 and allowed DukeFest to write a check to each of the six beneficiary groups for $1,700.

The six groups that will receive funds from the DukeFest event include the Venango County Humane Society in Seneca, Safehaven Small Breed Rescue near Tionesta, Forest/Venango Co. CART – County Animal Response Team, Club Pet Adoption in Transfer, Precious Paws Animal Rescue/Spay Neuter Your Pet in Franklin and Hog Heaven Farm Animal Rescue near Cochranton.


Raffle baskets at DukeFest

A quick visit to the Precious Paws tent found Theresa Weldon raising funds and helping spread awareness for the group. Weldon reported that the turnout for DukeFest was good this year. She said the weather helped bring more people out for the event.

“Last year we were freezing. This year we are sweating,” she said.

Also at the PPAR tent were many, many kittens looking for ‘furever’ homes.  Adoption applications can be found online at www.pparfranklin.com.


The Forest/Venango Co. CART – County Animal Response Team set up a tent for DukeFest.

Numerous other rescue and response groups also had tents set up in Bandstand Park. Some of those represented included the Venango County Humane Society, the Forest/Venango Co. CART – County Animal Response Team,  Hog Heaven Farm Animal Rescue, Safehaven Small Breed Rescue and others. Various vendors were there selling pet-related items and more.

More about DukeFest is available on the event’s Facebook page.


People and their pets attend DukeFest Saturday afternoon in Bandstand Park in Franklin.