The first "Red River Wags & Wine" is slated for July 29 at Red River's Brandenburg Park. The inaugural event is a fundraiser for the Mountain Bark Park, a fenced-in park where locals and guests can bring their dogs to exercise and play safely, leash free, at the east end of town adjacent to the Red River Public Library.
Gates open at 10 a.m. Saturday (July 29) and close at 5 p.m. Admission is free (though donations are welcome). Planned activities include training and handling demos, an agility course, groomers and a K-9 demo. Contests for furry friends include the "Fur Ball" for best costume, a pet fashion show, a dog/owner lookalike competition and a people's choice award up for grabs. Vendors will bring all sorts of dog products and an animal psychic will also be present. You may want to stop by the photo and artists' booths to have an everlasting image of your best friend. Adding to the daylong fun will be local band Hwy 38 Hound Dogs performing tunes.
Don't have a dog? No problem. Lovers of the grape can enjoy all the activities as they sip a little vino presented by regional vintners -- don't forget to bring your photo ID. Foods that pair well with the varied wines will also be available.
"Yappy Hour" will kick off the weekend Friday (July 28), 5-8 p.m., on the deck at Mountain Treasures, 121 E. Main St., with wine tasting, food and a silent auction. All dogs, vendors and guests are welcome.
For more information and/or vendor registration, check redriver.org.
All proceeds will go toward building the Mountain Bark Park. With more than a dozen pet-friendly lodges to accommodate them, more and more Red River visitors are coming to town with their beloved pets.