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Milwaukee Pug Fest becomes Bluegrass Pugfest and moves to Louisville, KY

Milwaukee Pug Fest Founders, Rick and Debbie Kopaczewski are moving south and so is Pugfest!
In 2022, Milwaukee Pug Fest becomes Bluegrass Pugfest and moves to Louisville, Kentucky!

Dear Pug Lover,

It is with disappointment that we bring you the news that for 2021, we again have decided to cancel PugFest.  Milwaukee Pug Fest was attended by thousands each year for 15 consecutive years until it was cancelled due to Covid in 2020.  We looked forward to a new chapter in Pug Fest history when we renamed the event and moved it to Louisville for 2021.

We want you to know that the decision to cancel the event for 2021 wasn’t one made without serious consultation and consideration – we miss the event and our friends that come every year just as much as you do.  We only made our decision after surveying our rescue partners and vendors, and consulting with the Kentucky Exposition Center, our hotel partners, and the Louisville Tourism team.  We felt we couldn’t responsibly move the event to another 2021 date unless we were certain the event would be safe and successful.

The good news is that we’ve already secured the same event location for 2022!  PugFest 2022 will be May 14th and 15th, 2022 in Louisville, Kentucky.  Be sure to mark your calendars now.  If you haven’t attended Pug Fest before, we encourage you to put it on your calendar for 2022.  We’ve had rescues from Canada, Australia, South Africa, and all over the U.S. participate.  For many rescues, it is their largest fundraiser of the year.  Traditionally, attendance has hovered over 4,000 people and 2,000 canines (mostly Pugs), we’re pretty certain it’s the largest event of its kind in the world.


Richard and Debbie Kopaczewski, Paul Gilles, and Sandy Ferguson

Board of Directors, Bluegrass PugFest, Inc.

Event Details

Pugfest 2022
May 14-15, 2022
Kentucky Exposition Center, West Hall
937 Phillips Lane
Louisville, KY 40209

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Want to donate to Bluegrass Pugfest? Bluegrass Pugfest, Inc. is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) charity. Goods, services, and funds donated are used to pay expenses related to our operating costs, ensure the future of Bluegrass Pugfest, Inc. and support participating Pug Rescue organizations. We wouldn’t exist without the support of our many friends and we thank you for your consideration.

Vendor Information

Interested in becoming a Vendor? Bluegrass Pugfest, Inc. invites you to exhibit at the 1st Annual 2022 Bluegrass Pugfest that will be held on Saturday & Sunday, May 14 & 15, 2022.


Love Pugs? Want to share your talent and time? Bluegrass Pugfest, Inc. is an all-volunteer organization – we can’t do what we do without the help of many dedicated volunteers. Take a look at our volunteer page for opportunities and our volunteer application.