Get ready to go barking mad for a revamped Doggywood at this year’s Mardi Gras Fair Day (Sun 19 Feb at Camperdown Memorial Rest Park) as LGBTI health organisation ACON takes the lead and prepares to celebrate the important role that dogs play in our lives with a fetching festival of all things canine.

This year’s totally FREE line-up includes the Games Of Bones Dog Pageant, a terrific new dog show from award winning trainer Dai Aoki, a dog training masterclass, a doggy photo booth and a series of brief talks about canine health, nutrition and psychology. The six hour program of events will be hosted by beloved community personalities Tobin Saunders (aka Vanessa Wagner) and Gavin Prendergast.    

Registration is now open for owners wanting to enter their furry friends in the dog pageant. There’s two editions (12pm and 2pm), three categories (Best Dressed, Most Talented and Best In Show) and great prizes for both owners and dogs. Entry is FREE so register now at

ACON CEO Nicolas Parkhill says pets provide an important source of love and support for many people in the LGBTI community. “There are many health benefits of dog ownership, ranging from keeping us active to providing companionship, so it’s only fitting that we love them back and pay tribute to our furry friends with a fun, camp and occasionally downright silly celebration of all things doggy," he says.

In addition to Sydney’s finest furs dressed to the ca-nines and battling it out in the Game Of Bones Dog Pageant, there’s two editions of Dai Aoki’s K9 Spectacular, a terrific new dog show from talented trainer Dai Aoki (The Living Room, Australia’s Got Talent) featuring the award-winning antics of his superstar border collies Holly and Ace. Dai will also present two dog training master classes for owners wanting to teach their old or young dog some new tricks. 


For those who love a selfie, the Best In Show photo booth will operate throughout the day to help capture your pups’ best angle. And also throughout the day visitors will be able to find out how to keep their pooch in top dog form with tips from our Doggywood sponsors about caring for your canine.  

To find out more about this year’s Doggywood at Fair Day or register for the Game Of Bones Dog Pageant, please visit the Doggywood website here.

Showtimes at DOGGYWOOD:
10am    Rego Desk and Best In Show Photo Booth open
10:30am    Dai Aoki’s Dog Training Masterclass
11am         Love Your Dog (health, grooming, nutrition) 
11:30am     Dai Aoki’s K9 Spectacular
12pm         Game Of Bones Dog Pageant 1
1pm         Love Your Dog
1:30pm     Dai Aoki’s K9 Spectacular
2pm         Game Of Bones Dog Pageant 2
3pm         Love Your Dog
3:30pm     Dai Aoki’s Dog Training Masterclass
4pm        Best In Show Photo Booth close