Pets and their owners can enjoy many activities Saturday that are centered around animals.
"It's an event for people to come and see what's in the world for their pets," said Stacie Adkins, Columbia County's community events manager.
The fourth annual Animania Pet Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Memorial Gardens, behind the Columbia County Library at 7022 Evans Town Center Boulevard.
Throughout the day, guests can participate in several free pet-themed festivities beginning at 10:30 a.m. with a canine obedience and rally demonstration by Jae-Mar-S Academy of Dog Obedience.
Two dog obedience demonstrations will be held by Southern K-9 at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
A pet costume contest will start at noon. Those wishing to enter their pets in the contest need to register that morning.
"We're going to have them walk across the stage," Adkins said. "Obviously, every animal has to be on some type of leash or has to be in a cage (or carrier)."
The Rev. Cynthia Taylor of the Church of the Holy Comforter will be on hand for a Blessing of the Animals at 11 a.m.
Children's attractions, including a monster mural and inflatables, also will be available throughout the day.
Other attractions featured at the event include a tropical birds demonstration by Feathered Friends at 1:30 p.m., several pet-supply and animal-related vendors, area nonprofit rescue group booths and concessions.
Last year, Adkins said, about 700 people and between 300 and 400 dogs showed up.
"It's something different," she said. "It's not your typical festival.
"Not every festival will allow dogs to come, so we're welcoming you, your family and your (pet)."
Guests also can check out a petting zoo and reptile exhibit set up by Graystone Ranch.
Though most people bring their dogs to the pet fair, Adkins said some have brought cats, iguanas, guinea pigs and birds to past events.
"A lot of people bring their dogs," she said. "Miraculously, everyone behaves."
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