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Dads go to the dogs for Father's Day

Annual Humane Society event is Sunday

POSTED: June 14, 2013 1:00 a.m.
 

Families are invited to celebrate dad while supporting the Humane Society of Forsyth County on Father’s Day.

The nonprofit, which provides Forsyth’s only no-kill animal shelter, will present its annual Mutts & More Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Fowler Park.

Originally slated for May 19, the fundraising festival had to be called off about an hour after it began due to bad weather.

Leaders of the organization rescheduled the event to Father’s Day.

Lance White, president of the Humane Society, said if the new date proves successful, the organization might permanently move the event to Father’s Day.

“We were very sad that the first one was rained out, but we’ve been able to regroup and make the event even better than what it was going to be to begin with,” he said. “We have geared the entire day around fathers.”

He said some of the dad-centered activities will include plenty of games for fathers and children to take part in together, such as soccer kicks, and football and baseball throws.

“Of course the main focus of the day is on the Humane Society and all the programs that we offer to the community,” White added.

He said besides the local Humane Society about a dozen other animal rescue groups from around north Georgia will attend with many animals available for adoption.

“Our goal is to have at least 100 dogs and cats in total adopted out from the different rescue groups,” White said.

Besides animal adoptions, the festival will also offer a range of family-friendly activities.

White said one of the more memorable activities will likely be an inflatable obstacle course with challenges similar to those seen on the “Wipeout” television series.

“That should be a lot of fun for dads and kids to enjoy together,” he said.

There will also be plenty of vendors with products, services and food for patrons.

“We have all sorts of food,” White said. “There’s everything from hamburgers and hot dogs to pizza and barbecue. So people don’t have to worry about lunch, we’ll have plenty of food out there for them [to buy].”

White said while the event will celebrate fathers, hopefully Mother Nature will cooperate.

“It looks like maybe the weather might be pretty good for us,” he said. “We’re keeping our fingers crossed for that.”

 

 

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