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Petpalooza returns to Auburn's Game Farm Park

Fern Haynes and her dog, DantheDog, won the costume contest at last year
Fern Haynes and her dog, DantheDog, won the costume contest at last year's Petpalooza.
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It's a Mardi Gras for cats, dogs and pets of all descriptions. It's an invasion at a place fittingly named Game Farm Park.

Auburn's award-winning Petpalooza, a pet lover's paradise featuring a day full of animal-related fun, food, live entertainment and more than 160 vendors returns Saturday.

A Dog Trot 3K/5K Fun Run at 9:30 a.m. and Petpalooza officially opening at 10 a.m. and running through 5 p.m. at the park, 3030 R St. SE.

On-site registration for the fun run is $25 per person.

Animal-related demonstrations and activities include the Skyhoundz Disc Dog Championships, Seattle Flydogs demos, an agility course and pony, zebra and camel rides offered for a fee.

The Great American Animal Entertainment Company returns with its premier petting zoo, GASCAR inter-species animal racing (three shows), Farmyard Follies (two shows) and the Ag-Ventureland with its goat and cow milking station, corn and bean play boxes, pony saddling and craft stations.

Back again is Animal Encounters' interactive bug zoo and an ArtRageous hands-on art zone featuring four animal-related art activities.

The food court features nine food vendors, offering a variety of tastes, including hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream and more.

The live entertainment stage welcomes great tunes and popular animal acts, including the music of Mark Wayne and the popular Pet Pros' "Unleashed" Pet Contest. The stage also will make way for two reptile shows, the Parrot Lady and Radio Disney's Rockin' Road Show.

Complete event information, driving directions, parking information and more is available at www.auburnwa.gov/petpalooza.

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