Our Schedule for 2017 has begun. Dates are May 19 – 21, 2017. Registration will open early March on-line. Kanab can accommodate about 250-300 guests. Do try to be here Thursday, as we’ll have some very special events that day only. This year we have 3 fun art classes for a limited enrollment.
This gathering is all about the hounds and well-behaved hounds are invited EVERYWHERE. Your Greyt Read Book is your bible for the Gathering and will have the final schedule. You’ll get these Books when you arrive, and a PDF will be sent to your email a week before the event.
Best Friends Tours
You do not want to miss visiting Best Friends Animal Society. Best Friends Tours need to be scheduled in advance. Now. Call 435-644-2001 x 4537. Schedule a tour on Thursday morning or Sunday afternoon, because Thursday afternoon, Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning are chock full of gathering events you do not want to miss. Times are 8:30 am, 10 am, 1 pm, 2:30 pm. Tours are 2 hour commitments including the pre-video for first timers. You MUST tell Best Friends, at the time you sign up for a tour, if you want to bring dogs with you. This info from Best Friends:
1) We allow up to two dogs from the same household on each tour van and the size of the dog(s) may limit the number of people on the van, so it’s best to call early.
2) We do not allow dogs to be left in personal vehicles for any length of time.
3) Will-follows (Personal car doing the tour behind the bus) are limited to one will-follow per van going out.
If there is no room in the bus for your hounds, you can leave them at your hotel (assuming they are well behaved). Or with other friends at the Gathering. Again, make sure to not schedule a tour during a Gathering event you don’t want to miss. And you don’t want to miss a thing!
Your registration fee includes three meals (Friday dinner, Saturday and Sunday lunch) and a gourmet dessert on Saturday night. Plus a few appetizers on Thursday, at Meet & Eat. Full menu under Featured Events – because at this Gathering, food is a featured event! Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free options available. (These are special ordered, so please choose these ONLY if you really mean to eat it) For Saturday night’s picnic dinner at Angels Landing, you’ll call a Kanab restaurant and get a take out meal. If you come in on Thursday, RSVP on registration form for Meet & Eat at the Dog Park starting at 3 pm.
Greyhound Gathering – Kanab is all about having a good time, and raising funds to help hounds. Through your generosity, in 2016, over $33,000 was donated to sighthound groups around the world. ALL LIVES MATTER. Almost Home for Hounds has received over $200,000 from Gathering donations throughout the years, and another $300,000 from Greyhound Gang & Get Up & Go since 2000. Many other groups have also received funds to fix broken legs, pay medical bills, transport unwanted hounds to their care. Here’s where you will have the chance to help more hounds find forever homes.
- Live Auctions at every lunch and dinner – Four total
- Silent Auction at Old Middle School Gym.
- Photo Contest – Enter on Friday. Prizes awarded Saturday night by Award Winning Kanab Photographers.
- Woof Woof Grab Bag – $1 Greyt Bucks. Over 200 grab bags valued from $5 – $200.
- Dramatic Drawings – $5 ticket. One-of-a-kind items. Limited tickets sold – so you have a GREYT chance of winning.
- Art Contest – Buy It Now feature
- Greyt Wheel of Fortune – spin the wheel and win a prize! Use your Greyt Bucks.
- Nail Cutting – Dr. Weir of AHH will do the honors
Below is a tentative schedule. It’ll change as I verify events and speakers. What I would love to have at this Gathering:
– Ellen Degeneres to be the Grand PooPa of the Parade
– Hunter Hayes, Trent Reznor, Neko Case (all greyhound lovers) to sing at Angel’s Landing. Chris Isaak – my man – would be the bomb, too. How cool would that be!
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Thursday is a fabulous day to be here. Hang in Kanab on your own time. Take your Best Friends Tour. Hike. Explore the town and shops. It’s all fun.
12:30 pm or 2:30 pm – Paint Your Pet – Six lucky people per class at BF Visitor Center. First to sign up on registration form gets in.
3 – 6 pm – Meet & Eat at the Dog Park. Our reception, featuring some movers and shakers from Kanab. Big Brown Bear will make an appearence. And Decorate Your Dog. Agility demo by greyhounds! Pick up pre-ordered goodies from Claudia.
La Estancia has graciously granted us the rights to use their dog park for Greyhound Gathering – Kanab. Please leave it as pristine as you find it. And if you want to move to Kanab, check out the homes in La Estancia.
2017 Schedule. Friday, May 19
|All Day||Check in at Hotels||Throughout Kanab|
|8:30 am||Pick up Pre-orders/Name Tags/Greyt Read Books||Pugh Canyon|
|9 am||Hike with Claudia & hounds||Pugh Canyon|
|10 – 3||Pick up pre-ordered Goodies, Name Tag, Greyt Read||OMS Gym – Gang booth|
|10 – 3||Shop with Artisans||Old Middle School Gym|
|10 – 3||View and Buy Now in the Art Show||Old Middle School Gym|
|10 – 3||Enter Photo Contest||OMS Gym|
|10 – 3||Bid on Silent Auction & View Live Auction items||OMS Gym|
|3 – 4||Talk – At Home First Aid Care – Dr. Tara & Claud||Elementary School|
|4 – 5||Meet other Sighthounds||Elementary School|
|5 – 7||Memory Photos Taken||Elementary School|
|5||All You Can Eat Pizza – really cool cookies||Elementary School|
|5:30||Welcome and Intros||Elementary School|
|6||Live Auction||Elementary School|
|6:30||WoofWoof Grab Bag, Dramatic Drawing, Surprises, Goldie Oldie Tribute||Elementary School|
|7 – 8:30||Music on Main & Nail Trimming||Main St|
|8:30 – 9:30||Shopping with Artisans, Silent Auction,||OMS Gym|
|Last call – Enter Photo Contest|
Saturday, May 20
|All Day||Have Fun||Throughout Kanab|
|9:45 am||Line Up for Parade||State Bank Corner|
|10 am||Parade & Costume Contest||Center Street|
|Noon||Lunch – Bread Soup Bowls||Elementary School|
|Noon – 1:30||Memory Photo picture taking||Elementary School|
|12:30||Live Auction, Woof Grab Bags, Dramatic Drawing, Surprises, Costume winners||Elementary School|
|2 – 4||Photography Class – Gary Kalpakoff – pre sign up||Elementary School|
|4 pm||Yappy Hour – chicken shots, cow tails||Angels Landing – BF|
|5 pm||Dinner – Bring Your Own||Angels Landing – BF|
|5:15||Blessing – Dave Abrams||Angels Landing – BF|
|5:30 on||Social – Faith Maloney – BF Founder||Angels Landing – BF|
|Auction, Dramatic Drawing, Surprises, Woof Grab Bags, Photo Winners announced||Angels Landing – BF|
|Angels Landing – BF|
|8 – 9:00 pm||Artisan Shopping, Greyt Wheel of Fortune, Pick up Memory Photos, Silent Auction ends||Old Middle School Gym|
Sunday, May 21
|All Day||Hang with your new friends||Throughout Kanab|
|8 – 9:30 am||Pay for Silent Auction items||Old Middle School|
|9 – 11 am||Blur of Fur||Elementary School|
|Noon||Drawings, Live Auction, Surprises, Blur Awards||Elementary School|
|1:30||Private Best Friends Tour w/ Faith for winners|
|2 – 4:30||Papier Mache – Art Class – Steve Wirtz – pre sign up||Old Middle School|
|2 pm||Take a BF Tour, Hike, Shop in Town|