Dog Day Afternoon celebrates local animal-rescue organizations Saturday, Aug. 18


On Saturday, Aug. 18, the 1st Dog Day Afternoon festival will take place at the East Green of Carrier Park in West Asheville to celebrate all things canine and support local dog rescue organizations.

Three of Asheville’s most prominent animal rescue organizations — Animal Compassion Network, the Asheville Humane Society and Brother Wolf — will be in attendance and will benefit from different parts of the festival. Each rescue group will have large adoption areas showcasing dogs ready for adoption in hopes of matching these would-be pets with a loving foster or forever home.

The event will kick off at 10:30 a.m. with a dog-friendly 1.2 mile fun run around Carrier Park and will continue until 4 p.m. with dog contests, including a wiener dog race, “Best Heinz 57 dog”, “Most Ear- resistible dog” and the Fastest Dog in Asheville Competition. The Companion Dog Training School will also host an agility course and offer training tips for dog owners. Two dog-loving bands, Xanderfly and headliner Big Daddy Love, will perform on the Musician’s Workshop Stage.

Local businesses will vend dog-friendly wares and products. Food will be available from the Meltdown, El Kimchi, Roly Poly, JW BBQ, and the Hop Ice Cream. Local craft beer will be sold by Highland Brewing. Attendees will also get to enjoy the beautiful walking trails and picnic areas surrounding the park. The festival will feature a large cooling tent as well as doggie pools to keep both dogs and humans beat the heat.

Dog Day Afternoon is a free event and produced by Mix 96.5, 98.1 the River, Prestige Subaru, Highland Brewing and other local business sponsors. 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 or

Asheville Radio Group is Western North Carolina’s leading radio advertising company, reaching thousands of listeners every week on the world-class radio stations of Mix 96.5, 105.9 The Mountain, 98.1 the RIVER and ESPN Radio 1310 & 970.


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