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Hounds taking over Evans Towne Center Park Saturday

Posted: October 29, 2013 - 11:02pm
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JoJo, a three-legged hound mix did his part to raise money for Friends of Columbia County Animal Services, at Hounds Around Towne last year. The dog-centered festival will be Saturday at Evans Towne Center Park.  File Photo
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JoJo, a three-legged hound mix did his part to raise money for Friends of Columbia County Animal Services, at Hounds Around Towne last year. The dog-centered festival will be Saturday at Evans Towne Center Park.

Evans Towne Center Park is going to the dogs Saturday for the annual Hounds Around Towne event.

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, dogs and their owners will compete in the Hyperflite Skyhoundz DiscDogathon World Qualifier 2014, a canine disc competition.

Last year, the event was held in April.

“The temperature was in the 90s that day,” Columbia County Community Events Specialist Virginia Atkins said. “In order to keep our doggies cool, we moved it to November.”

Those not involved in the competition can enjoy demonstrations and live entertainment from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The day begins with a Blessing of the Animals ceremony, then a costume contest at 10:30 a.m.

“It’s for dogs,” Atkins said. “We open it up to all pets, but it’s primarily for pooches.”

Eryn Eubanks and The Family Fold will perform from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The afternoon includes demonstrations from the Columbia County Sheriff’s office Canine Unit, Wonder Dog and K-9 Southern Solutions.

An exotic bird show featuring Larry the Birdman.

Atkins said she recommends bringing chairs and blankets for the concert.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit www.columbiacountyga.gov or call (706) 312-7194.

IF YOU GO

What: Hounds Around Towne

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (demonstrations and live entertainment 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday)

Where: Evans Towne Center Park

More: www.columbiacountyga.gov

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