by Kali Cozyris
Leash up, dog lovers, it's time for the coolest canine festival in Humboldt County. Sequoia Humane Society's 22nd annual Mutt Strut Parade and Woofstock Festival trots into the Halvorsen Park on Saturday, Aug. 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ($5, $10 family max. four). Dig it. Fur is gonna fly.
The fundraising event for the no-kill shelter starts with pooches on parade taking a pack walk through Old Town and ending up at Halvorsen Park, where attendees and their four, three and two-legged companions can enjoy a full day of contests, games, live music, prizes and more.
Stop by and sniff hello to the variety of vendors offering services and swag for you and your furbabies, swing by the Tailwaggers Flea Market to see what's scratching, check out the doggie fur tattoos, pet portraits and photo booth on site, and see who wins wagging rights in the dog Costume Contest. The Doggie Fun Zone and the Dash & Splash Dock Diving are back. The fun also includes live music from The Movers and the Shakers, Nate Zwerdling & Megan Hensley, Mystical Lion, The Jim Lahman Band, Band O' Loko and Septacy. You've been a good human. Give yourself a treat at the SHS Barbecue Pit, which will be serving up grilled corn on the cob, grilled oysters and Barkin' Dogs Hot Dogs with all the fixin's, and cold beer from Six Rivers Brewery in the beer garden to wash it all down.