DC State Fair 2018 Pet Parade Entry Form
Welcome and thank you for your interest in the DC State Fair Pet Parade! The DC State Fair will be held on Sunday, September 23, 2018, at Waterfront Station in Southwest DC (375 and 425 M St. SW) from 11:00am-8:00pm. The timing of the Pet Parade will be announced in early September 2018, with judging immediately following the conclusion of the Parade.


There are several ways you can participate in the DC State Fair Pet Parade! If contests don't interest you, your pet can come to march in the Parade and then stay and watch the judging and experience the rest of the Fair (leashed and/or caged animals are welcome at the Fair--see rules below). On the other hand, if you and your pet would like to test your mettle against other pets, we have several active contests, two different costume contests, a look-alike contest, and two contests for dogs of uncertain pedigree and/or unconventional charm! Just fill out the form below to let us know how you would like to participate. WALK-UPS ARE ALSO WELCOME!


Blue (first place), red (second place), and white (third place) ribbons will be awarded in the following categories; register for these contests below:

Active Contests
-Longest sit-stay
-50 yard dash
-Best catcher (frisbee)
-Best catcher (tennis ball)
-Best "stupid pet trick"

Costume/Appearance Contests:

-Best costume: pet only
-Best costume: pet and owner
-Owner/pet look alike
-Most unidentifiable mutt
-So ugly...you're cute!

In addition, judges will award special prizes the day of the Fair in the following categories--no need to register beforehand to qualify:

-Largest pet (non-dog)
-Smallest pet (non-dog)
-Lonesome George (most interesting or unique non-dog pet)


-The contest is open to all District of Columbia residents; if you are under 18, you must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the Pet Parade and judging.
-All animals entered must be legal in the District of Columbia--see entry form below for more details.

Please fill out the information below to enter the DC State Fair Pet Parade. Entry forms must be received by midnight Wednesday, September 19th. Due to logistical constrictions, registration will close early if 100 entries are registered before the deadline. In the event there are 3 or fewer entries in any one category, we reserve the right to combine categories or cancel the contest.

Thank you for entering, have fun...and good luck! Questions? Contact us at: contests@thedcstatefair.org.

First and Last Name *
Your answer
Name of Your Pet *
Your answer
Type of Animal *
(cat, dog, hermit crab, etc.)
Your answer
E-mail address *
Your answer
Phone number *
Your answer
Address (you must live in DC to enter, but we will not share your address!) *
Your answer
Choose your category *
Review DC Government Rules and Regulations for the Pet Parade *
If any prohibited animals such as livestock wish to participate in the parade then they require a Special Event/Exotic Animal Permit from the DC Department of Health (DoH). Requirements for Special Event/Exotic Animal Permit vary per species of animal therefore the participants with exotic animals must contact the DoH within 48 business hours of the event in order to attain their permit. All animals must be leashed or caged and walked on no longer than a four foot lead. All dogs that are District residents must have a current DC Dog License. All dog participants must be current on Rabies and Distemper vaccines and owners must have vaccination paperwork onsite. Cats must be current on Rabies vaccine and owners must also have the current vaccination paperwork onsite. DC Animal Care and Control will be conducting random unannounced inspections and any animal found that is not in compliance with any of the District Animal Control Codes run the risk of impoundment at the owner’s expense and or dismissal from the District.
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