Emma Haddon has her dog, Leo, check out a Petpalooza agility area at Game Farm Park last year. RACHEL CIAMPI, Auburn Reporter

Emma Haddon has her dog, Leo, check out a Petpalooza agility area at Game Farm Park last year. RACHEL CIAMPI, Auburn Reporter

Auburn’s animal house: Petpalooza invades 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 – returns to Game Farm Park on Saturday.

The 12th annual festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the park, 3030 R St. SE. The free event offers live entertainment, animal-related fun, food and more than 160 vendors.

Animal-related demonstrations and activities include reptile shows; The Parrot Lady; North West Animal Adventures; Mud Bay’s Northwest Pet Contest and other performances on the Tractor Supply Co.’s Main Stage. There is also a free agility area, Seattle Flydogs demos and open-agility playtimes.

Petpalooza provides a large children’s area that includes a no-barrier petting zoo, inflatable rides, a Critter & Bug Zoo and face painting – all free.

The All-Alaskan Racing Pigs return. New to the lineup are the North America Diving Dogs.

ArtRageous hands-on art zones will prepare four animal-related art activities.

A variety of vendors offer pet adoptions, free micro-chipping and other pet-related services and sales.

CityDog Magazine hosts its Cover Dog Model Search at the festival, in cooperation with pawTree and Seattle Seahawk Duane Brown, who will serve as guest judge.

Visit the CityDog/pawTree booths from 12:30 to 2 p.m. for a meet-and-greet with Brown and to enter your pooch for a chance to be on the cover of CityDog Magazine. The contest – on stage from 2 to 2:30 p.m. – benefits the Auburn Valley Humane Society.

The food court features eight vendors, offering a variety of tastes, a new snack area and food trucks.

Do the Trot

Registrations are accepted for the Dog Trot Fun Run at 9:30 a.m. Participants can choose between the 3K or 5K routes. Event-day registration is $25 per person and begins at 8:30 a.m. T-shirts are available on a limited basis for late and on-site registrations.

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

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