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Zeeland celebrates 29th annual Pumpkinfest

Zeeland celebrates 29th annual Pumpkinfest



ZEELAND, Mich.- Pack your bags and join the fun as Zeeland's Pumpkinfest "Hits the Road" October 3 through 5 in downtown Zeeland.

Enjoy Zeeland's largest festival as it takes you on a tour of some of America's favorite road trip attractions. There will be events and activities for all ages, decorations, games and contests, special food and treats.

This is the 29th year for Pumpkinfest in Zeeland. The festival kicks off this Thursday, October 3 with the Pumpkin Bake Off at Royal Atrium from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Kids Pedal Power Tractor Pull begins at 4 p.m.

Dog census moves to Grand Haven and Zeeland townships

Dog census moves to Grand Haven and Zeeland townships

HOLLAND, Mich.—Ottawa County’s dog census is now heading to Grand Haven and Zeeland townships.        

So far, county workers and interns have gone door to door in Holland, Georgetown, Allendale and Park townships, checking for licensed dogs.  Households with unlicensed dogs must get their dog licensed or pay a ticket. As part of licensing, dogs must have their updated shots.  Licenses are $10 to $70 per pet and available for purchase online, by mail or at the following locations:

Hooves get heartbeats racing during Wolverine Futurity July 23

Hooves get heartbeats racing during Wolverine Futurity July 23

HOLLAND, Mich.— Race horses will fill the Ottawa County Fairgrounds Tuesday, July 23 as the Wolverine Futurity harness races return to Holland.

The participating racehorses are competing for nearly $100,000.  Race enthusiasts can also enter a pick the winner contest for a chance at $50.

Besides watching the races, visitors can meet a Spartan. Brian Nielsen, professor of equine exercise physiology at Michigan State University, will dress up as a Spartan gladiator and take the reins of a specially designed chariot.  Children can also meet and take pictures with “Happy Horse.”

The opening flag raising ceremony starts at 6:45 p.m.; the races should start around 7 p.m. Tuesday’s grandstand admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children ages 3-12, and free for children ages three and under. The first 500 paid guests will get a complimentary visor.

Zeeland potbellied pig breaks world record

ZEELAND, Mich. (WZZM)-Zeeland is now home to the oldest living potbellied pig on record.

At 21 years and 14 days old, Mr. Chops broke the Guinness World Record on July 2. The previous record holder died after turning 21 years and 13 days old.

Mr. Chops lives at the Critter Barn in Zeeland. His owner, Mary Rottschafer, bought him as a piglet during the Ottawa County Fair. She says he's as stubborn and determined as a four-year-old child, but he's doing quite well.

Rottschafer says she filed paperwork to add Mr. Chops to the Guinness Book of World Records last week; however, it will take four to six weeks to confirm his place in history.

Rescued pup wins national photo contest

Rescued pup wins national photo contest

HOLLAND, Mich.— A rescued dog from Holland is now a top winner in a national photo contest.

Bailey the Yorkshire Terrier took first prize in the “Rug Doctor to the Rescue” online pet photo contest.  Kim Bos of Holland adopted Bailey, despite his numerous health issues.

Numerous pet owners from across the country took part in the competition, which launched in May during National Pet Month.  Bailey’s prize package includes a $500 cash prize, a grooming brush and toy from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and a $500 donation to Headin’ Home Rescue in Holland.

Whitney Wiechmann of Jenison tied with two other pet owners for second place.  They will all receive an Apple iPad mini and an ASPCA Collection grooming brush and toy.

Ottawa County canvassing for Unlicensed Dogs

Ottawa County canvassing for Unlicensed Dogs

If you live in the Allendale or Park township area and have a dog, you may be getting a visit from an Ottawa County official in the next few weeks. They are canvassing the areas for unlicensed dogs.

Having your dog licensed assures it will be returned to you should it ever become lost. It is very simple to obtain a license in person at many government offices, on line or at many veterinarians. Cost for a license can run from $10 to $70.

Households with unlicensed dogs will be given information on how to obtain a license that includes proof of a current rabies shot and proof of spaying or neutering. Those who do not obtain a license run the risk of being issued a ticket. Having a license that can be identified eliminates the need for your dog to end up going to the animal shelter, should they become lost.

Funds from licensing help with shelter costs provided by the Harbor Humane Society.

Million Meal March 5K Hike for families and pets in need May 18

Million Meal March 5K Hike for families and pets in need May 18

HOLLAND, Mich.-- The Million Meal March 5K is the perfect opportunity to make a difference for families and pets that are less fortunate.

Make plans to put on your walking shows and  visit  the Outdoor Discover Center, located at 4214 56th Street in Holland to take part in this 5K hike on Saturday, May 18. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the walk starts at 10 a.m. Children and pets are invited too!

All donations will directly benefit the homeless pets and families in need that are served by Harbor Humane Society and  Feeding America West Michigan’s food bank.

A summer fundraising luncheon will also take place on Tuesday, June 4 from 12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.