Pipestem State Park hosts pet adoption festival May 27

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Pets at Pipestem State Park
“Pets-Become-Family Extravaganza” set at Pipestem May 27.

Pipestem Resort State Park on May 27 will host a pet adoption festival featuring  rescue groups and services from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at park headquarters.

The “Pets-Become-Family Extravaganza” is free and open to the public and will bring together a large group of animal adoption agencies and services, according to Misty Porterfield, a Pipestem employee who is coordinating the event.

“A wide variety of rescue groups, shelters and pet industry vendors will be set up at the park headquarters building,” Porterfield said.

“We want to create an awareness of animal rescue services and pet care, help people add new members to their families and keep pets healthy and happy.”

The event will include pet adoptions and a silent auction. Businesses that provide pet care and sell pet supplies will be at the event, along with trainers, groomers, a mobile veterinarian clinic and other pet-related vendors.

Pets will not be sold at the event, Porterfield stressed.

Pet-friendly accommodations are available at Pipestem and other state park lodges and cabins, and campgrounds also allow pets, though all pets must be leashed, and park pet guidelines must be followed at all times.

Other Memorial Day weekend events at Pipestem will include interpretative programs at the nature center Friday from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. and a performance by “Bicycle the Band” in the McKeever Lodge lobby at 6 p.m. A 9.5-mile hike across many of Pipestem’s trails leaves Saturday at 10 a.m. from McKeever Lodge.

Fine dining at the park’s Mountain Creek Restaurant opens this weekend for the summer season.