Dog Day Afternoon at carrier Park, Sept. 28

From a press release:

Dog Day Afternoon at carrier Park, Sept. 28

On Sunday, September 28th Carrier Park will be home to Asheville’s only outdoor festival created for dogs to benefit dogs. The 3rd annual Mix 96.5 Dog Day Afternoon festival will take place at the East Green of Carrier Park in West Asheville from 1 to 5 p.m. to celebrate all things canine and support local dog rescue organizations.

The Asheville Humane Society and Brother Wolf Animal Rescue will be in attendance with large adoption areas showcasing dogs ready for adoption in hopes of matching these would-be pets with a loving foster or forever home.

This family and dog-friendly FREE event will draw an estimated 2,000 to 2,500 attendees and features a dog-friendly 1.2 mile fun run around Carrier Park, dog contests including a wiener dog race, “Best Mutt”, “Best Lap Dog Over 50lbs” and the Fastest Dog in Asheville Competition.

Advance registration for doggie contests and the fun run is encouraged but not required. Walk-up entries will be welcome. Participation in the fun run is $10 per person and entry to the doggie contests is $5 per contest per dog. Proceeds from all activities benefit the Asheville Humane Society and Brother Wolf Animal Rescue. Registration is now open at

In addition to the adoption areas and contests, Dog Day Afternoon will include live music from the 96.5 House Band, a mobile “Pretty Pooch” grooming station, plenty of local businesses featuring pet-centered goods and services, a kids’ area complete with bounce house, and beer available for purchase. Attendees can enjoy delicious eats from Avery’s Hot Dogs, BoJangles and sweet treats from The Hop, and more. If you would like to have your business showcased in this year’s event, contact Nikki Mitchell, Events Director for Mix 96.5 at (828) 210-8546.

Mix 96.5’s Dog Day Afternoon is presented by Prestige Subaru, the Asheville Regional Airport, Pet Supermarket, Patton Avenue Pet Company and more. While the event is dog-friendly, owners must bring their dogs on leash and aggressive or unruly dogs will be asked to leave. For more information on Dog Day Afternoon, please visit

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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