Annual Maltese Picnic in June, the weekend after Father's Day
Our biggest event is the Maltese Picnic which is held yearly at the end of June in Racine, Wisconsin. This is an important fundraiser for the care of our dogs, but just as importantly, it is a social gathering for anyone who has Maltese or other small dogs. There is fun for all who attend. And there is great food provided by Northcentral Maltese Rescue. We begin with set-up on Friday evening with pizza and drinks served to all who help. It ends Saturday afternoon with clean up.
The picture below shows the basic set-up for the Maltese Picnic. Tents are set up with tables and chairs inside, but a few people like to be out from under the tent. A fence surrounds the area so the pups cannot escape. The picnic has now found a permanent location in Racine, Wisconsin, with a building to serve food in, trees for shade and flowers that enhance the area.
Auction items are on tables inside the tent. The Malt Shoppe is there to sell Maltese and dog related items, and a table is available with slightly used dog items for highly reduced prices. Drinks can be purchased for 50 cents each to take the edge off a hot Wisconsin day. A continental-type breakfast (featuring famous Racine Kringle) is available in the morning and lunch is served around noon. There are always leftovers and snacks for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up.
Ongoing events occur throughout the day. A photographer will take family pictures, or an animal communicator will tell you what your dog is thinking. This is a time to renew old friendships and to meet new dogs and families.
We hope attendees will stay around when the picnic is concluded to help put the tables and chairs away and do a final clean-up. We like to leave the property cleaner than when we arrived.