Welcome to our new website, built with a labor of love for greyounds and in close collaboration with all the committee members who make this event possible. The 2014 Festival is the 10th anniversary of gathering together in Solvang to celebrate with our greyhounds, and it should prove to be the best ever. The warm welcome from the citizens of Solvang and the town ambience, together with the presence of so many elegant greyhounds strolling about always makes for an unforgettably greyt weekend. You don’t want to miss this one, register now!
Ten years ago the West Coast Greyhound people wanted their own gathering. When an opportunity arose, a small group of us started planning and put the idea into motion. We wanted a place that had a small town feel, but was big enough for hounds and humans to mingle together and do fun things. After several discussions we decided on Solvang, California. Teri’s first phone call was to the City to see if they could accommodate up to 100 Greyhounds for a three day event. We were told oddly enough that they did not have enough parking for that many buses!
After further explanation of who we were and that our greyhounds were retired racers and not BUSES, they took an interest in the call. The economy was slow at that time, and to bring in a group of hounds and humans to the City meant a win-win for all. We were led to the Royal Copenhagen Inn whose staff graciously opened up their whole hotel to hounds and humans. Such graciousness was virtually unheard of, and thus the relationship between the City of Solvang and the hounds and humans began.
We are now into our 10th Annual event, and every year we hear how the people of Solvang look forward to our arrival. Each year surpasses the previous one, and the feedback from the people of Solvang is always so very positive. We have found that each time we gather they get more excited about opening up their city to the hounds and humans. It’s not uncommon to hear,
“Oh! The greyhounds are back!!”
Scenes from the West Coast Greyhound Gathering, (Solvang, Ca.) and scenes from Nipomo, Ca. Set to the music “Born to Run” from Musical Tails, by Nancy Simmonds
Carbon Goes to the Solvang Greyhound Fest 2012 – by Drew Cartwright