All proceeds from the fair event will go to benefit the Robyn Barst Pediatric PH Research and Mentoring Program, the first and only research program in the world dedicated to pediatric pulmonary hypertension research. This organization is dear to festival founders Tom Thornburg and Damian Rotolo's heart as they've watched Tom's 6 year old grand-daughter, Brook, struggle with her own Idipathic Pulmonay Arterial Hypertension (IPAH) diagnosis since the age of 3.

For more information, visit their website:


The K9 unit is scheduled to start their exhibition at 2:00 PM, Saturday June 1st, in the Target Shopping Center on the corner of Academy and Union Blvd's.

On the other end of the pet spectrum, Ami Manivong, Manager of the Feline-ality program at the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, will be present with adoptable furry friends in need of loving homes.

Pet-Pantry will also be hosting its first annual "Free Dog Wash" during this exciting First Anniversary Gala. Pet-Pantry is equipped with four of the largest dog wash bath tubs in Colorado Springs and is looking forward to having them filled with both big and little dogs and a lot of suds. All donations throughout the day for the free dog washes will be donated to the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region.

Cold beverages will be readily available for all patrons partaking with the day-long "thank you community" celebration.

El Paso County Parks Hold Photo Scavenger Hunt

El Paso County Parks will hold a Photo Scavenger Hunt this summer to encourage residents to get out, enjoy and explore the beautiful regional parks. There are 10 specific photos to be hunted out during the contest and include a visit to an El Paso County Nature Center, a county park slide, a picnic, a park sign, a regional trail and the County Fair.

The Photo Scavenger Hunt will run from June 1 to July 31, 2013, all photos must be taken during that eight-week time period to qualify. Winners will be selected randomly from the eligible entries received during the Scavenger Hunt. Prizes include birthday parties at the Fountain Creek or Bear Creek nature centers, park pavilion rental, tickets to the 2014 El Paso County Fair, Nature Center Bucks and t-shirts.

For more information contact El Paso County Parks at or by calling 520-6996.

Official Photo Scavenger Hunt rules and entry instructions can be found here.

Official Photo Scavenger Hunt Activity List of what to photograph can be found here.

Photos will be posted to the El Paso County Parks Facebook page.

Additionally, photos may be used in County publications and marketing materials. By submitting your photos, you agree to this use and the photos become the property of El Paso County.