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Poochapalooza returns on July 9

 

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The Running of the Wieners will return to Poochapalooza this year.

Give your dogs the day out they deserve and come celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Marysville Poochapalooza Outdoor Dog Festival on Saturday, July 9. Marysville Dog Owners Group (M-DOG) hosts Poochapalooza, the biggest dog event in Snohomish County, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Asbury Field in downtown Marysville, Fourth Street and Alder Avenue.

"We have an amazing fun-filled day planned for you and your BFLF (best four-legged friend)," said Leslie Buell, Poochapalooza founder, coordinator and M-DOG President. "It has been our pleasure to put on this family-friendly, dog-friendly festival for a decade." Highlights will include the Fashions and Rescues Runway Show featuring fashion-savvy adoptable dogs from regional rescue groups, as well as the Running of the Wieners dachshund races and mixed breed trophy races open to beginner and advanced hounds with a need for speed, Buell said. Fan favorites the Emerald City Canine Freestyle Dancers return for exciting musical freestyle dancing that combines dog obedience and dance, at 11:30 a.m. in the Racing Arena.

Festival demonstrations this year will feature barn hunt by the Barn Hunt Association, agility demonstrations provided by the Rainier Agility Team, and a new lure coursing exhibition led by the Association of Puget Sound Coursing. If you haven't seen lure coursing before, picture flatfooted hounds chasing after white plastic bags (mimicking rabbits) attached to a moving line of string, and you get the idea.

CGC Testing will also be available to you and your dog with a 10-step observation recognizing your pooch as obedient and well-behaved around people and other dogs.

Pooches with a hidden talent can enter fun "Best in Show" contests and pie-eating contests. Contest donation cost is $5 for one contest, or $10 for unlimited contests (excluding the Pooch Pie-Eating Contest in big and small dog categories, which is $10.) Register and pay at the event or online at the Poochapalooza website, and see the complete schedule. The pie-eating contests are emceed and sponsored by Dining Dog Café and Bakery of Edmonds and Owner Dorothy Moore, with the Dog Dessert Dash hosted by Pupcakes LLC. Most activities will occur in the Poochapavilion sponsored by Angel of the Winds Casino.

With dozens of vendors selling unique dog-related products, we will have something for everyone, said Buell. M-DOG has boosted its number of pet raffle baskets to bid on, too. Food available for purchase from Annie's Hot Dogs, KMC BBQ, Seattle Barkery, Kettle Corn by Rag Tag and Ice Cream Mom. Parking is free.

Admission is free, too, but a suggested minimum $5 donation per person is requested that includes goodie-filled "wag bags" to the first 350 visitors. Poochapalooza is M-DOG's major annual fundraiser with proceeds supporting Strawberry Fields for Rover Off-Leash Park for improvements such as agility equipment, bench seating, picnic tables and other amenities. The city-owned 3-acre dog park is maintained year-round by M-DOG volunteers in cooperation with Marysville Parks and Recreation.

For more information, contact Leslie Buell at 425-268-5285, email labuell@frontier.com, or visit the website at http://poochapalooza.org.

 

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