Preparations For Strutt Your Mutt Underway

By MINDY MCKENZIE
Daily Globe Staff Reporter

RICHLAND COUNTY - The Humane Society of Richland County is set to host the 2014 Strutt Your Mutt Canine Festival on Saturday, September 13 and will feature a few new events and activities for all participants, including some for our four legged friends, to enjoy.

The festival is scheduled to be held at the Richland County Fairgrounds and entry is completely free of charge. The festival officially kicks off on Friday night, September 12 with hosting an After Work Party which will feature entertainment from the musical band, Red Ball Jets.

Continuing onto Saturday, board member (Humane Society of Richland County) and festival director Mike Vetter said a new event featuring the Akron-Canton Terrier Club will host lurecoursing. Lurecoursing involves dogs competing in a timed race chasing a mechanically operated lure through an obstacle course. Vetter explained all breeds of dogs are welcomed to participate in the event.

Additional activities which will be offered throughout Saturday include a bake sale, a vendor expo which will include animal related tools and products, and vendors for food.

A 5K run/walk will also be featured at 9 a.m. on September 13 and Vetter said the event will be chip timed by OhioRaceDay.com. At 10 a.m. a Dog-Walk-a-Thon will take place to help raise money for abused or neglected animals. A couple new activities added to the jam packed agenda include the Egg (tennis ball) and Spoon Race and a Treat Toss Challenge.

Vetter explained the Egg (tennis ball) and Spoon Race will consist of participants racing against one another while balancing a tennis ball on a spoon with their dog is on a leash. "The Treat Toss Challenge is something new and that will include owners tossing treats to their dogs. The winner will be whatever animal catches a treat from the furthest distance their handler throws it," said Vetter.

There will also be a Dog Talent Show, Dog Best-in-Show contest, raffle drawing, and a rummage sale auction.

Last year, Vetter said the fundraiser benefited about $13,000. "This by far is our biggest fundraiser of the year. These funds go towards food, supplies, and veterinarian care for the abused or neglected animals at the Humane Society," said Vetter.

Although entry into the festival is free of charge, Vetter said donations and supplies will be accepted at the door. Vetter explained anyone who is interested in becoming a sponsor or a vendor for the festival can visit adoptourstrays.com and click on the link for 2014 Strutt Your Mutt event page. Forms can be filled out online.

"This is just a fun festival for everyone involved. We encourage anyone to come and participate," said Vetter.

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