FARMINGTON -- Sandi McKinnon's passion for animals has turned a gathering into an event.
McKinnon proposed hosting a dog fair last year, making the Legacy Events Center a gathering place for people interested in dog-related services and specialties. That event drew about 400 people and spurred discussion of doing the same thing again this year, with the hope of making the gathering an annual event.
The second annual dog fair is scheduled from 11 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Legacy Events Center, 151 South and 1100 West in Farmington.
The event is free because of new sponsorships, and has expanded what is being offered, with everything from animal adoption to featuring a 1 p.m. presentation by the Davis County Sheriff K9 unit. Two veterinarians will offer low-cost immunizations as part of the festivity.
McKinnon said there also will be free agility demonstrations during the six-hour event. Pet supply vendors will also be on site.
"The community development we have going on here is pretty awesome," Clint Thacker, Davis County animal care and control director, said of the fair.
Davis County Animal Control will waive all first-time dog licenses and late fees during the fair.
Besides animals, there is an entertainment element attached to the fair. A dunking booth is scheduled this year, and Thacker and other animal control staffers are scheduled to take a dip.
McKinnon said the idea for the fair has caught on. It promotes local businesses, she said, and has built community pride.
"It's just people getting together having a common interest. It was so popular after last year, we said we would come back and make it an annual event," she said.
Commissioner John Petroff praised McKinnon and Thacker for their efforts to make the fair a success, saying, "None of these events ever take place without behind-the-scenes work."
More information on the event is available at www.coursealure.com.