Dogs and humans of all shapes and sizes gathered at Maple Grove Raceway on Saturday for several hours of fun and family entertainment while supporting a common cause.

The raceway in Brecknock Township was the latest venue for Walk for the Animals/Walktoberfest, now in its 36th year. The Humane Society of Berks County's biggest fundraiser had been held in FirstEnergy Stadium in recent years.

"This is our largest and most important fundraiser of the year," said Dylan Heckart, communications director for the society. "For the past five years, we've generated more than $100,000 each year for our programs and animals."

The raceway offered a more spacious setting for the event, which this year included a family-friendly beer-and-wine garden that was included along with a buffet for those who paid a $100-per-pair VIP registration fee, Heckart said.

Those who participated in the fun walk that began at 11 a.m. were asked to pay a $20 registration fee or $10 for children, but all were welcome to watch for free or take part in the entertainment that followed.

Highlights included The Fred Eaglesmith Traveling Steam Show, a band that features a blend of country, bluegrass, rock and folk; John Beacher, a singer/songwriter from New Hope, Bucks County, who was joined on stage by David Cullen, a Grammy Award-winning guitarist from Kutztown.