here to register now!
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.
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:
So don't delay - register TODAY!
Information you can use:
- 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!
- Guest speakers
- Educational sessions
- Lively panel discussion - ask the greyhound experts!
Thursday Night Dinner Train:
- 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
Steve Wirtz from Cartuna
- 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
here to visit their website for more details.
Memory Basket Silent
- 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.
- 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
email@example.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
Bling Your Houndy:
- Memorial Bell Ceremony (Click
here for details)
- 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!
Reflection and Love:
- 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
- There will be a memorial ceremony on Saturday in memory of our loved
ones waiting at the Bridge - click here for details
- Door prizes
- Bag raffles
- 50/50 drawing
auction and of course . . .
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
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
See you in June!
Teddy Palmer and Friends of Halfway Home Greyhound Adoption
here to register now!
Questions? Please contact our Event Coordinator (Bec Maier) at
if you have any questions or comments.