Only in this coastal village of dog lovers could a canine-centric festival grow by leaps and bounds every year for four years running.
This year will mark the Fifth Annual Muttzanita Festival, scheduled for Sept. 14 at 144 Laneda Ave. in Manzanita, and sponsored by Four Paws on the Beach.
“Ever since the first year, I have been amazed at the number of people attending our festival,” said Dan Nichols, who, with wife Barbara Nichols, owns Four Paws on the Beach and who founded Muttzanita. “People and pets come out in droves to have a fun time and support a number of great local charities.”
As with previous years, the event will feature exciting contests for you and your pet, including an expanded version of the ever-popular ChuckIt Toss. “We´ll have multiple runs this year,” said Nichols.
Other Muttzanita favorites, including a pet parade through downtown Manzanita, and the big finale, the Pet Talent and Fashion Show, are also on tap.
For those who prefer their fun on the sidelines, the festival will include a silent auction of quality items for bid as well as raffles. “Everyone who enters a contest will have a chance to win some fabulous prizes in our event raffles,”said Nichols.
Muttzanita raises funds for local nonprofit organizations United Paws, which provides spay and neuter programs among other pet-related services throughout Tillamook County, (need to add the EVC here) and to the Rotary Club of North Tillamook County to support local programs including the Rinehart Clinic, the North County Food Bank, the Coho Salmon Project and the Pine Grove handicap access ramp. The event has generated more than $25,000 for local charities in four years.
There will be informative product demonstrations and many other activities for you and your pooch. Plus live entertainment, human food, and a whole lot of fun!
You can get the latest information at www.muttzanita.com, or by calling Four Paws on the Beach (503) 368-3436 or visit our store at 144 Laneda Ave., Manzanita OR.