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Margie Byers
APR, Library Development Specialist
(239) 533-4826
PugFest VI will have a PugStock Theme! Comical Event to Raise Funds for Southwest Florida Reading Festival

Fort Myers, Florida, January 11, 2011 – The Lee County Library System announced PugFest VI: PugStock will be held from 12:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Sunday, January 30 at the Bell Tower Shops, corner U.S. 41 and Daniels Parkway, in Fort Myers, Florida.  The PugFest, now in its sixth year, is a dog-friendly fundraiser for the Library System´s annual Southwest Florida Reading Festival.

This year´s theme is PugStock!  There will be several contests including most Psychedelic Pug,  Rock & Stop, a dog fashion show, open to any dog breed and a Chinese Auction with dog- gone good  prizes.  More than 1,500 animal lovers and 500 dogs attended the last event

Lee County PugFest organizers are grateful to their sponsors, Bell Tower Shops and LITE 93.7, as well as their Master of Ceremonies John T. Hulbert III whose fun commentaries and music soundtracks make the contests and fashion show so enjoyable.

Admission is free, but a $5 donation per family is suggested.  All funds raised benefit the Southwest Florida Reading Festival, a free community event to showcase the library´s programs and resources, and to promote reading and literacy. 

The Lee County PugFest started when Dan Yaccarino, author and illustrator of the book “Unlovable” about a Pug, was scheduled to attend the Southwest Florida Reading Festival in 2005.  Festival coordinators asked Dan to stay an extra day for PugFest which would be modeled after the original PugFest event in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Since 2005, the event has taken off and attracts about 1,200 people and 500 dogs and has raised more than $11,000.

For more information about PugFest or the Southwest Florida Reading Festival, call 239-337-READ (7323) or visit

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