Pet Fest is an action packed day full of fun!

This pet friendly festival brings together local businesses, animal shelters, rescue groups and pet owners for an exciting day of activities, entertainment and animals galore. Meet wonderful animals looking for their forever homes and check out the latest in pet products. Enjoy onstage entertainment, exotic animals, pet supplies and fun things to buy. Gather the kids and join us for a day of pets and fun for the whole family at the Missoula County Fairgrounds!


Bring the whole family and find a new forever friend from the pets for adoption right at Pet Fest at the Missoula County Fairgrounds! Visit with pet rescue organizations and local shelters from all over Montana, Idaho and Washington. You’ll find a large selection of pets waiting for a new home. Many dogs, puppies, cats, kittens and more will be available on-site. You’ll find Adoption Row with many pets waiting anxiously for a new home. Check out the current list of shelters and rescues.


Check out the current list of exhibitors at Pet Fest! An unbeatable, one-stop venue for pet products, pet services and more! You’ll find the latest products for pet owners and pet enthusiasts. Don’t have a pet? Check out the vendors that offer services just for people!

Enter Contests

Have you always wanted to participate in a dog show with your best friend but could not because of his mixed parentage? Don’t miss your chance to prove that your often overlooked mutt is a champion, too!

Doggie Olympics – It’s fun and crazy! Dogs of all ages, sizes and abilities have a chance to go for the gold in the Doggie Olympics! We have a wide selection of contests for everyone. Dress your pet and yourself for a competitive edge and have fun all day long. You can enter one or all of the many fun contests in the Doggie Olympics.

Don’t wait in long lines to register for contests at Pet Fest! You can download and print your registration form. You must have ONE registration form completed for EACH pet so print as many as you need. Fill out each form completely and be sure to sign (must be signed by an adult over 18 years of age). Bring your completed form to Pet Fest and turn registrations in at the REGISTRATION table at least 30 minutes prior to each contest. Some contests may have limited participants so entries are accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Wacky Wiener Dog Dash – It’s off to the races with the Wiener Dog Dash, “competitive” racing like you’ve never seen it before!  Dozens of tiny wiener dogs racing for prizes and glory to round off the end of Pet Fest!  If you’ve never attended a wiener dog dash, get ready to have your heart melt from the sheer cuteness of it all! Dachshunds will compete in the tournament style event on a short course in one of three categories at the Missoula County Fairgrounds. Depending on the number of entrants, the top finishers of each heat will compete against each other for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in their category. It’s fun, competitive racing like you’ve never seen before! Dozens of tiny wiener dogs racing for prizes and glory to round off the end of Pet Fest!  If you’ve never attended the Wiener Dog Dash, get ready to have your heart melt from the sheer cuteness of it all!

We have been asked many times if we accept mixed breed dachshunds in the dash. The answer is: Yes, but your dog must have the typical characteristics of a dachshund; low to ground, long body and short legs. If we find that any entered dog does not meet this criteria, it will be disqualified and not eligible to race. This is the only way we can keep the dash fair and safe for your dogs. Please check out the Mutt Run if you have a dog under 20 lbs.

Learn More
Click on the drop down menu under “ATTEND” above to learn more about the Doggie Olympic Contests and the rules of the Wiener Dog Dash.