Inaugural Dog Daze Festival marks the last days of summer |

Inaugural Dog Daze Festival marks the last days of summer

According to the Chinese Zodiac, people born in the Year of the Dog possess the best traits of human nature.So it’s only fitting Saturday’s Dog Daze Festival benefits Operation Vacation, a program that welcomes veterans of foreign wars to Glenwood Springs for weekend getaways. The inaugural event takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Two Rivers Park in Glenwood.”Our goal is to make it bigger and better,” said Operation Vacation founder Bob Johnson, of the program, which hosts military personnel from Fort Carson in Colorado Springs. “Mainly, we just want all the dog-loving people who normally want to bring their pets to outdoor events to bring their whole families out for music, dog contests and fun, to help raise money for Operation Vacation.”Johnson and friend John Seaberry, marketing director at Sunlight Mountain Resort, came up with the idea for Dog Daze during Strawberry Days this summer. They wanted a distinctive fundraiser that could attract just as many people as pets.”It’s sort of two-fold,” Seaberry said. “Primarily, we were trying to find a fundraiser for Operation Vacation, and having a dog-friendly event was something I’ve always wanted to do. Moving to Glenwood Springs, I’ve found out it’s not as dog-friendly as other mountain towns. We want people to come out and have fun with their dogs, or just come out and have fun themselves.”The festival, themed “Year of the Dog,” includes food and drink vendors and a bake sale to raise money, as well as bomb-detection, flying-disc, and search-and-rescue dog demonstrations. Gwen Hill, Last Minute String Band, Jimmy Dykann, The Hideouts, Glass Onion, the Frank Martin Band and SoulFeel will entertain with live music. “No one has hesitated to participate,” Seaberry said. “CARE (Colorado Animal Rescue) will also be there with their adopt-a-pet booth, and info on pet ownership.”Canines can spend their day in the spotlight at the do-it-yourself dog wash, no-leash dog park, and the first-ever Red Mountain Fun Dog Show. Awards will be handed out for the Fattest Dog, Most Spots, Cutest Mug and Best Dressed honors.”Bring your dogs for the contests,” Johnson said. “We have medals for them.”Admission to the Dog Daze Festival is free; food, beverage and beer sales directly benefit Operation Vacation. All dogs must be on leashes, except in the no-leash dog park.”Come out, bring your well-behaved dogs on leashes, and have fun,” Johnson said.For more information about Saturday’s event, visit April E. Clark: 945-8515, ext.

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