Town & Country PETFEST celebrating 21st open house May 24

By Ryan Schlehuber "Scoop" • Last Updated 11:19 am on Friday, May 18, 2012

Town & Country Animal Clinic’s annual PETFEST is set for Thursday, May 24. — Courtesy photo

GREENVILLE — For 20 consecutive years, Town & Country Animal Clinic has been saying thank you to its clients and the community in its own unique way — hosting a fun open house event called PETFEST. Make that 21 years.

From 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the clinic at 9191 SW Greenville Road, all community members — as well as all well-behaved pets — can enjoy a fun time of learning veterinary medicine, pet care, a pet fashion show, camel rides, petting zoo and food, such as hot dogs and ice cream.

This year also will be clinic veterinarian and co-owner Dr. Peter Blinkilde’s 30th year with the clinic, which was first opened in 1955 by Dr. George Stuewer.

“PETFEST is our way of showing our appreciation of the support the community has given us,” said Blinkilde, who co-owns pet clinics in Greenville and Lakeview and a farm animal care business with Dr. Steven Edwards. “The event has been an ongoing thank you, basically.”

Edwards, who specializes on large animal care, said his favorite part about PETFEST is scooping out and handing out the free ice cream to the children.

“That’s my job during the event and I love it,” he said. “I’ve been doing it for 20 years and always look forward to it.”

Edwards said the event has so many fun features that a person can get caught up in just one thing during the two hours the event is held.

“It’s a big deal. It’s always so busy with people having a lot of fun,” he said.

During the pet fashion show, pet owners can dress up their four-legged loved ones and show off their best tricks.

Town & Country also will have an area for younger children to dress up like a surgeon and perform surgery on stuffed animals.

Those who attend will be eligible for giveaway prizes for their pets, such as dog and cat food, flea control products, T-shirts and more.

“Greenville is a pet-loving community,” Blinkilde said. “Last year, we were packed for PETFEST. It’s a fun, educational and enjoyable for kids and adults alike.”

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