Runners and joggers and their furry friends take off at last year’s Dog Trot at Game Farm Park. RACHEL CIAMPI, Auburn Reporter

Runners and joggers and their furry friends take off at last year’s Dog Trot at Game Farm Park. RACHEL CIAMPI, Auburn Reporter

Petpalooza returns to Game Farm Park on Saturday

Dog Trot to kick off day-long festival

Auburn’s Petpalooza – a festival for pets of all sizes and shapes – invades Game Farm Park on Saturday for a day of celebration and entertainment.

The 11th annual festival is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the park, 3030 R St. SE.

The free event offers live entertainment on the Tractor Supply Co. stage, including, among others, Northwest Animal Adventures, Reptile Isle, CityDog Magazine’s Cover Dog Model Search, The Parrot Lady and the music of Nate Botsford.

Petpalooza includes pony rides, Mud Bay’s Northwest Pet Contest, an agility area, the FlyDogs and agility demonstrations, and more than 160 vendors offering a variety of low-cost pet services, adoptions, samples, information and a large selection of animal-related products.

Returning to Petpalooza are the wildly popular, All-Alaskan Racing Pigs.

Also coming back to Petpalooza is Border Collie International, a performing canine team. The NutriSource Community Frisbee Contest is at 2 p.m., and one-on-one hands-on Frisbee clinics.

Registrations are being accepted for the Dog Trot Fun Run at 9:30 a.m. Participants choose between the 3K or the 5K routes. Event day registration is $25 per person. T-shirts are available on a limited basis for late and on-site registrations.

Petpalooza serves up many food options.

Complete event information can be found at auburnwa.gov/petpalooza, or call 253-931-3043.

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