The CANCELLATION of the 2nd annual in person Viera’s Pet Fest Derby Day Hat Contest on Saturday, September 5th was a difficult but necessary decision! Our first priority and main concern is the health and safety of our participants, sponsors, staff and overall community.

We hope to see everyone NEXT YEAR at the 3rd annual Viera’s Pet Fest | Derby Day Hat Contest scheduled to coincide with the 147th Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 1st, 2021 !Continue to check the Viera Community Institute Facebook page for events we will be bringing you virtually throughout the year.

Thank you again to everyone that continues to support events of the Viera Community Institute!


Details for the Pet Fest | Derby Day event below.

Awards will be given for the best hat in three fun categories:

  1. Classic
  2. Most Outrageous
  3. Colorful

A Best of Show winner will be chosen from the three main category winners.

Winners Announced: September 5th (must be present to win)

Contest Rules:

  • One winner for each Judging Category.
  • One Best of Show will be chosen from the three main category winners.
  • Each participant may only wear one hat and submit one entry.
  • Each participant’s owner is responsible for his/her own hat.
  • Registration begins at 10 AM the day of the event.
  • Judging begins at 10:45 AM.

Winners will be posted on our Facebook Page.

By participating in this event of the Viera Community Institute, Inc. (VCI) you grant VCI permission to use photos sent in post event marketing coverage of the event. All information with submission must be complete to be a valid participant in the Virtual Pet Fest | Derby Day Hat Contest.

Mark Your Calendars

The live, in person Pet Fest Derby Day Hat contest will be happening next year on May 1st, 2021 !

Event Details

Date:  Saturday May 1, 2021

Time: 10am – Noon

Location: Viera Town Center Park

2853 Rodina Drive

Viera, FL 32940