Day-long fair will offer games, contests, prizes and vendor booths at Veterans Park

SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - A dog sniffs out a water fountain at the Scappoose off-leash dog park in Veterans Park. The park will host a dog fair Saturday, Sept. 8. Saturday, Sept. 8, marks the inaugural Columbia County Dog Fair in Scappoose.

The Scappoose Dog Owners Group is organizing the fair in partnership with the Columbia Humane Society.

Next Saturday's festival promises a 5K run, ven-

dor booths, games for children and even a competition for dogs.

"We know we're going to make some money for the Humane Society, already," Jim Lykins, Scappoose DOG organizer, said Wednesday. "We've got a good start."

The dog fair aims to raise money for CHS and bring in a few dollars for Scappoose DOG at Veterans Park, located at 52590 Captain Roger Kucera Way in Scappoose.

Tickets are $30 for a family day pass, or $15 for a single adult day pass.

"It's intended to be a family and dog-friendly day of everything 'dog' that we could come up with for people to have fun with," Lykins added.

5K run/walk

The day-long dog fair will kick off with a 5K walk/run at 9 a.m. that takes participants around back roads to the CZ Trail, then loops back around to finish at Veterans Park.

Tickets for the fair include optional race entry.

Those looking for a more casual experience can simply purchase admission tickets for the fair and visit vendor booths, food booths and the 'Ask a Vet' booth, staffed by a doctor from Midway Veterinary Hospital.

Costume contest

Dress up your pooch for a costume contest judged by Columbia County Commissioner Alex Tardif, with help from the American Heritage Girls. The contest starts at 10 a.m. and includes competitions for funniest costume, most creative and best dog/human duo.

Talent contest

Does your dog do tricks? Sing a cappella? Show off during a talent contest. Ribbons will be awarded for winners.

Agility course and barn

hunt demonstration

An agility course for dogs will be set up at the park at noon, with a barn hunt demonstration following at 1 p.m.

The barn hunt uses live rats in tubes to test dogs' ability to sniff out prey.

"We'll have a maze with hay bales and rats hidden in the bales," Lykins explained. "It's a new sport, they have different ratings for dogs in the sport, and they time them. There are breeds specifically bred to hunt down things like that."

Scavenger hunt

One of the highlights of the fair will allow kids to participate in a scavenger hunt for different dog breeds using cell phone cameras.

Canine Top Gear

Pet owners can test their canine's quick feet with a Top Gear style sprint track. The track will offer a straight sprint to see which dog is the "fastest in Columbia County."

Additional festivities throughout the day include dog obedience and training with Teresa Malarkey, K9 police officers, an off-leash dog play area and a raffle for a dog spa kit.

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