Website (Frankfest)

FrankFest is a fundraising event for the City of Newton parks & recreation activities that the Community Services Department hosts throughout the year. With three different events - the One Mile Doggie Dash, the Thanks with Franks Hot Dog Contest and the Strut Your Mutt Dog Show - there is something for everyone!

Supporting Partners

FrankFest - Thank you to Friends of Newton Parks for supporting the entire event.

Thanks with Franks - A big thank you to our local HyVee & Fareway for partnering with us and supplying the hot dogs for the Thanks with Franks portion of the event.  

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Paws n Claws will be at the event and will have adoptable animals, along with information about their organization.

Parkview Animal Hospital will be doing a reduced price microchip clinic during our event! For $20, you can microchip you dog on-site and receive a lifetime registration of the microchip. 

Lucy’s Pet Pantry will be accepting donations of large bags of cat and dog food, cat litter, or other donations; as well as applications from community members in need of assistance.

Below is a schedule of events:

5:30 P.M. | Thanks with Franks Hot Dog Contest

Website (Thanks with Franks)Businesses and groups will compete to make the most creative hot dog! There will be one Overall Hot Dog Winner voted on by a panel of selected judges and a People's Choice Winner that will be voted on the public.

The event will take place at the Kiwanis Shelter loop at Maytag Park (east side of the park).

The public can enjoy FREE hot dogs and vote for their favorite by picking up tickets from the Get to Know Newton tent! Any donations made at this tent will support the City of Newton's parks and recreation activities.

6:00 P.M. | One Mile Doggie Dash

Website (Doggie Dash)This fun run is for the athletic ... and not so athletic! Run, walk, or crawl your way with your dog through the one mile route inside Maytag Park. There is a $10 entry fee, humans will get a t-shirt, prizes will go to the dogs! No worries if you finish last... there are prizes for everyone!

Want to register? 

Download a registration form to complete and return to the Community Services Department or click here to register online (online registration closes on September 16).  We will also be taking registrations the day of this event beginning at 5:00 pm.

6:30 PM | Strut Your Mutt Dog Show

Website (Strut Your Mutt)The Strut Your Mutt Dog Show, hosted by Progress Industries, will take place at Maytag Bowl. Bring your favorite furry friend out and let them strut their stuff on the big stage. There's no need to have a long line of pedigree here - the show is for everyone!

Want to participate with your dog?

There is a $10 entry fee ($15 day-of-event) collected by Progress Industries. Prizes will be given for Overall Best in Show, Best Dressed and Best Trick. 

Category winners will receive a 6-month supply of homemade doggie treats that will be fresh-baked and delivered/mailed each month (auto-deliver or ship). All participants will receive a bag of Progress Industries home baked dog treats.

Click here to download a registration form that Progress Industries is collecting. A copy of current vaccine records is required

Registration can be completed three ways:

  • Pre-register: Deadline to pre-register is September 16, 2022.
    1. Mail registration form, vaccination record and $10 payment to: Progress Industries, Attn: Melissa Butler 202 N. 3rd Ave. E., Newton, Iowa 50208. Make checks payable to: P.I. Foundation.
    2. Register online at
  • Day-of-event:
    1. On the day of the event, you can show up and fill out forms and pay a $15 day-of-event entry fee.

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