Heart of America Greyhound Gathering

Pre-registration by Friday, May 25 guarantees a goody bag! All meals and t-shirts must be ordered by Friday, 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 20 - 23, 2018, 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 20 will a fun filled afternoon of exploring Abilene, visiting the antique malls, Old town Abilene, Eisenhower Library, and the famous carousel. 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!)
  • Greyhound Mosaic Class and Contest
  • Murder Mystery Dinner Theater (Thursday evening)
  • Jack-A-Lure Demonstration
  • National Greyhound Association (NGA) tour
  • Greyhound Hall of Fame Open House
  • 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!
Wednesday Abilene Old Town Saloon:
  • Gather with your hounds at the Abilene Old Town Saloon, in the heart of old Abilene Town. Enjoy an evening of friendship, games, and fun at the saloon. Dogs are welcome in the outdoor area so this will be weather dependent. The cost is 1 cent per person (paypal requirement) and is for attendance tracking purposes only. Food and your favorite beverages will be available to purchase.
Thursday Night Murder Mystery Dinner Theater:
  • We are devastated to announce that Mayor Joe Possumz death has been ruled a murder. Who would want to murder the mayor of Elmtown, much less during the festive Fourth of July Parade, which he grew from a lowly affair to the extravaganza it is today?

    Can you help? Put on your sleuthing hat and pull out your investigative skills; gather clues and examine the evidence - help us find justice for Mayor Possumz.

    Cost is $10.00 per person, which includes dinner. Dinner will be hamburgers, chips, ice cream sundae bar with all the toppings, and drinks. (Vegetarian option available) Dogs and audience participation welcome.
Greyhound Mosaic Class and Contest:
  • Make your own greyhound mosaic art piece. Using glass pieces that match all the popular greyhound coats, you can create a mosaic piece suitable for hanging, or display on a stand, or laid flat. The step-by-step instruction you receive will allow you to learn the basic mosaic technique while turning out an expertly-crafted, one-of-a-kind piece of art.

    Cost is only $25.00 which includes class fee and supplies. A portion of the proceeds will go directly to Halfway Home Greyhound Adoption. Packing materials to insure safe delivery home will be furnished or we are happy to ship them to you after the event with postage being paid by the creator. Prizes will be awarded to the top three mosaics and contest winners will be chosen from our class participants!
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:
  • Greyhounds Make Great Pets will be holding a Memorial Bell Ceremony on Saturday, June 23 at Sterl Hall to honor the memory of our beloved departed greyhounds. The Bell Ceremony is a fundraiser for Halfway Home Greyhound Adoption.

    Names can be added to the list of those remembered during the GMGP Bell Ceremony for a donation of $5.00 per name. An individual memorial certificate will be given to each named dog and each family will receive one memorial coin to commerate this event.
  • 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
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: 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!

Teddy Palmer and Friends of Halfway Home Greyhound Adoption

Click here to register now!

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

Registration page

Available Dogs   About Greyhounds   About Us   Adoption Information
Contact Us   Rainbow Bridge   How You Can Help   Related Links