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Fundraiser weathers heat
Jean Scott keeps her dog, Soleil, hydrated in the swealtering heat during the Mutts & More Festival at the Cumming Fairgrounds. - photo by Autumn McBride

Other than the heat, over which they had no control, organizers were pleased with the inaugural Mutts & More Festival.

The fundraiser, which benefitted the Forsyth County Humane Society, featured dog- and family-friendly activities Saturday at the Cumming Fairgrounds.

Sandra Morse Haynes, a spokeswoman for the humane society, said the organization is still tallying the proceeds.

"Overall, I think it went pretty well for the first time," she said. "Hopefully, we’ll do it again."

The only complaint Haynes said she heard during the festival was about the temperature, which was about 95 degrees.

The society may consider pushing the event back about a month next time, she said, in hopes of cooler weather for people and puppies.

In an effort to beat the sweltering conditions Saturday, small pools were available so dogs could take a dip and cool off.

Vendors offered various items ranging from pet clothing and photographs to dog training, while there were also free crafts and kids’ activities that kept the event festive.

Phylis Haus of Alpharetta brought her two Chihuahuas, Ally and Gracie, which are rescue pets. They were joined by her daughter, who also came with two dogs.

"I like looking at the adoptions and all the freebies," Haus said. "I think the little pools are nice for all the dogs."

Haus said next year she hopes for a little change in the event, in that the vendors would set up their booths on the asphalt at the fairgrounds, so the dogs and their owners can walk along the grass.

The daylong festival, which evolved from a previous humane society fundraiser, also included a 5K run, dog parade and evening concert.


Staff Writer Julie Arrington contributed to this report.