Heart of America Greyhound Gathering

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Pre-registration by May 25 guarantees a goody bag! All meals and t-shirts must be ordered by Thursday, May 25. Any registrations after May 25 include event access only.
So don't delay - register TODAY!

Halfway Home Greyhound Adoption is planning the most ambitious and exciting Greyhound Gathering June 21 - 24, 2017, in the heart of greyhound country Abilene, Kansas. We will be celebrating our greyhounds and the people that love them. We have added an additional day!! Wednesday, June 21 will a fun filled afternoon of exploring Abilene, visiting the antique malls, Old town Abilene, Eisenhower Library, and the famous carousel. The day will end with a FREE cookout at Eisenhower Park located next to Sterl Hall, followed by a greyhound pet parade, with the public invited. Won't you please join us for the Heart of America Greyhound Gathering! The event will be held at Sterl Hall, Abilene's main event venue, and will include many interesting and fun things to do:

  • Farm tours (hounds of all ages, including puppies!)
  • Class with Steve Wirtz of Cartuna
  • Dinner Train (Thursday evening)
  • Jack-A-Lure Demonstration
  • National Greyhound Association (NGA) tour
  • Breakfast at the track! Come watch the greyhounds train to race!
Information you can use:
  • Guest speakers
  • Educational sessions
  • Lively panel discussion - ask the greyhound experts!
  • Contests, contests and more contests!
  • Lots and lots of games, many involving your hound(s)
  • Get the Bunny Egg Hunt
  • Crowning of the Kings and Queens
  • Trophies!
Thursday Night Dinner Train:
  • Enjoy "Dinner in the Diner" aboard one of Abilene and Smoky Valley Railroad's special Dinner Trains. Savor varying entrees served by some of the Midwest's finest restaurants while enjoying a relaxing rail excursion through the Smoky Hill River Valley. 1-1/2 hour 10 mile round-trip from historic Abilene to Enterprise, Kansas through the Smoky Hill River Valley. Ride in restored 100 year old coach/diner or open-air observation car pulled by 1945 ALCO S-1 diesel-electric locomotive.

    Click here to visit their website for more details.
Steve Wirtz from Cartuna Class:
  • Spend a fun filled afternoon with the infamous Steve Wirtz of Cartuna! He will be teaching a class on creating his lovely paper mache sculptures. This fun class is Thursday afternoon from 1:00-3:30pm and you will be creating your very own greyhound sculpture. Class cost is only $40.00 and includes everything. Steve is generously donating a large portion of the proceeds back to Halfway Home Greyhounds. Make sure you register for your class when you complete your event registration on our registration page.
Memory Basket Silent Auction:
  • Making a Remembrance Basket is your opportunity to share your loving memories of a very special greyhound with all those attending this greyt event. This is such a touching way to share with others the wonders of a greyhound who has been part of your life and has changed your life for the better. What would you say about your heart greyhound? How would you tell others about how that greyhound changed your life and how much you loved him or her? Jot down some notes. Find a greyt photo. Put a basket together that represents your greyhound. The Memory Basket can be anything you want it to be. Please include a short biography of your extraordinary greyhound; don't forget to include a photo. Please email Sharyn Deeringer sdeeringer@gmail.com for more information or details.
  • We all love to do a little shopping! There will be things to wear for you and for your hound, artwork, jewelry, and maybe a surprise or two
Memorial Bell Ceremony:
  • Memorial Bell Ceremony (Click here for details)
Bling Your Houndy:
  • Bling Your Houndy Contest on Thursday, June 22!
    The top three creations in Steve's class (see above for more details) will receive prizes! So don't miss out - sign up for Steve's class NOW!
  • The Dog Hair Diner will be open to serve your favorite foods - serving lunch daily
  • Banquet meals must be purchased by May 25 for Friday and Saturday evenings
Reflection and Love:
  • There will be a memorial ceremony on Saturday in memory of our loved ones waiting at the Bridge - click here for details
Greyhound Goodies:
  • Door prizes
  • Bag raffles
  • 50/50 drawing
  • Silent auction and of course . . .
  • Our LIVE auction on Saturday afternoon with auctioneer Robert Bacon, an experience not to be missed, whether or not you bid! We have numerous one-of-a-kind pieces of racing history, along with many beautiful greyhound items, JUST FOR YOU!
  • Hotel/Motels: We have set up discount room rates at many hotels/mhotels around the area. When making reservations please be sure to mention that you are attending the Halfway Home Greyhound Adoption Gathering. Rooms are filling up fast, so please make your reservations as early as you can. Hotel information is located on the registration page.
  • Camping: We have camping facilities at Sterl Hall with or without electrical hookups. See the registration page for more information.

Come enjoy four days of family, friends and (of course) hounds during this event packed with activities for greyhounds and the people who love them!

We look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones during a gathering of greyhound lovers we hope will be the best Abilene has ever seen. Not only will you have a great time but the funds raised during the event will benefit HHGA and help keep farm hounds moving to forever homes.

See you in June!

dir Teddy Palmer and Friends of Halfway Home Greyhound Adoption

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Questions? Please contact our Event Coordinator (Bec Maier) at halfwayhomegreys@gmail.com if you have any questions or comments.

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