With the horrible winter weather still visible in the rear view mirror and spring a mere speck on the horizon, the Maryland DogFest took place this past weekend during a mild weather respite. While the parking lot and grounds were still challenged by mud from all of the accumulated winter moisture, the two- and four-legged visitors didn’t seem to mind with so many things going on to occupy them.

The Third Annual Maryland DogFest Saturday and Sunday at the Charles County Fairgrounds in La Plata was sponsored by Wes Greenway Subaru, a brand that caters to dog owners. The event bills itself as “the ultimate experience for adults and children who love spending time with their dogs.” Indeed, anyone standing in one place on the fairgrounds for any length of time could see just about every imaginable breed and mixed-breed, from the exotic to those making the top-10 in popularity.

Event highlights throughout the weekend included the Jersey Devil Dogs performing high flying Frisbee routines. New this year was “Mutts Gone Mad,” a husband and wife team with a unique comedy dog show.

For fest goers to participate with their dogs there were the look-alike contest, fashion show and “Dogs Got Talent” events on the main stage.

Almost two dozen rescue groups were on hand, many with adoptable dogs to show off. And Good Citizen testing and an agility course run by Applejack K-9 Academy of Charlotte Hall allowed dogs to show off their skills to their human companions.

A number of vendors were on hand in several of the fair buildings offering a variety of wares, including treats, doggie fashions and supplies.

This was the second year for the DogFest at the fairgrounds after an inaugural year at Regency Furniture Stadium.