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Mutts & More Festival moves to Fowler Park
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Forsyth County News

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The second annual Mutts & More Festival will run from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 16 at Fowler Park, 4110 Carolene Way. Admission is free. Tickets for food and activities can be purchased. For more information and to register for the Mutt Strutt, visit www.forsythpets.org.

What do dogs and people have in common? They’re both invited to the second annual Mutts & More Festival at Fowler Park.

The event Saturday will feature canine demonstrations, disc dogs, a fashion show, grooming, auction and the Mutt Strutt, said event co-chair Karen Deal.

“You get to take a mile-and-a-half walk with you and a bunch of dog lovers and have a lot of laughs, meet new people and new friends, all for a good cause,” Deal said.

“People who participated in the Mutt Strutt last year, many of them are doing it again this year because they said they had a blast.”

The event, which benefits the Humane Society of Forsyth County’s No-Kill Shelter, will also feature a pet adoption area.

Pets from the shelter, as well as a handful of other rescue groups, will be on hand for families interested in leaving with a new dog or cat.

“Between all of the rescue groups, we’re hoping to get more than our average adoptions,” said Deal, noting the organization typically has about five adoptions per weekend.

“That’s what our goal is — getting the animals adopted. Money is a good thing to come along with that, but whatever we make is icing.”

The shelter, which is not funded by the county or state, receives support solely through private donations and fundraisers.

Such gifts help the shelter continue to rescue abandoned pets and place them in permanent homes through adoption.

Money will be raised through the Mutt Strutt, which costs $25 to enter. The festival will also include non-pet related events, including fair food, a hot dog-eating contest and children’s activities such as face painting, games and a slide.

There will also be vendors selling jewelry, purses, sunglasses and various crafts.

Last year, the event was held at the Cumming Fairgrounds, but Deal said the asphalt limited activities.

“It was a little too hot,” she said.

Fowler Park is a cooler environment, she said. Other changes included doing away with the lecture-style classes.

“This year, all of our demonstrations are very active. It’s not just sitting and hearing someone talk. It’s very involved.”

Deal said between all the family activities, training sessions, live music and vendors, the festival is “going to be a blast.”

“It’s a day of family fun and it’s free to walk around and enjoy,” she said.