ORANGE >> People driving by High Plains Community Center on June 4 might wonder: “Who let the dogs out?”

And chances are they’ll hear a “Woof, woof.”

An all-out doggie festival for the Amity Animal Rescue Fund’s “Strutt Your Mutt” fundraiser.

“It will be a fun family day,” said AARF co-Chairwoman Cheryl Lipson.

“Animals are part of your family and if you can do anything where you can bring the bring the kids,” that’s the best.

The family-friendly event includes food trucks, cotton candy, ice cream, dog business vendors, children’s activities such as face-painting and bounce houses, and a band, The Hypnos.

WFSB television personality Scott Haney is onboard as a judge.

The event will be held 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on the town’s fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, and prizes will be given to the pets in many categories, including best costume and longest ears.

Lipson said the event is growing bigger by the day. It will be great fun for families, and for people without dogs who want to watch the pooches strut and enjoy the other entertainment, she said.

While there is no pre-registration — many people have called about that, Lipson said — AARF representatives already have heard that many breeds will attend, including an Australian shepherd, or Aussie, whose owner said the dog will be “dressed to the nines,” in a hat and necktie.

Dogs of all breeds are welcome — as long as they’re leashed and nonaggressive, Lipson said.

She said the group decided to hold the event in Orange because it’s centrally located and one of its late founding members, Bridget Albert, a former Register reporter, lived in Orange and persevered in bringing AARF to where it is today.

Lipson said AARF hasn’t set a rain date because Albert will be watching over them and “will not let us down,” with rain.

“She’s never out of our minds,” Lipson said. Thinking of Albert, who was dedicated to animals, “gets me through some really rough days,” Lipson said.

Participants will pay a $15 registration fee for the first dog and $5 for each additional, and as part of that will receive a bandana for their pooch, a glove to scoop poop, and a dog treat.

For more information, contact Lipson at or 203-389-1996.

Event sponsors include: Bark Busters of Southern Connecticut; Beth and Allen Heller; AARF’s Fairfield Angel (an anonymous donor); Country Companions Veterinary Services; William John Salon; Chris and Elmer Laydon; Give The Dog A Bath; Pet Supplies Plus; Crest Lincoln Jaguar; Renewal by Andersen; and Window of Giving.

AARF helps shelters, assists residents in getting their animals spayed and neutered, assists with adoptions, provides animal food and trapping and neutering of feral cats.