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BEAUMONT, Texas  — Attention big barkers and little yappers! It’s time to mark your social canine calendar for Saturday, October 10, 2015, for Dogtoberfest! Bring your leash, your family and your favorite little four-legged folks to downtown Beaumont from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. No cats please!

Beaumont Main Street and the City of Beaumont will host a day of events for all ages at Central Bark (the green area between the Julie Rogers Theatre and Beaumont Public Library). Free entry and parking are available, but a minimal donation is required to compete in contests, participate in games and enjoy refreshments. All proceeds and generous sponsorships benefit the revitalization efforts of Beaumont’s historical downtown.

Dogtoberfest opens this year at 8 a.m. with a Puppies & Pancakes Breakfast followed by the “Strutt your Mutt” Parade at 9 a.m. A variety of contests including Master/Dog Look Alike, Cutest Dog, Most Talented Dog, Best Dressed, Best Tail Wagging and Best Howler (human and/or canine) will take place until 1 p.m. In addition to the contests, Mr. & Mrs. Dogtoberfest 2015 will be chosen from the crowd. The winner of the popular Facebook Favorite will be announced from the canine receiving the most “likes” on the Beaumont Main Street Facebook page. The morning activities feature a style show (adoptable dogs dressed in Ruff Lauren and Canine Klein) and a parade of service dog champions.

The children’s area, Pappy’s Barnyard, will have pony rides, a petting zoo and activities kids can share with their puppies. Rest and relax near the Fountain of Woof with a bite from the Bone Appetite Food Court. Dogs of all ages will enjoy a stroll down Puppy Dog Lane where dog rescue groups and canine advocates share information and awareness. Dogs can have their paw read by Madam Poodle Paw, receive a little pampering in the Day SPAW, shop at Neiman Barkus, and receive a special blessing and prayer. All lean lickers, round hounds and pudgy puppies are invited to come and enjoy a treat or two along the way. You can be sure everyone and their dog will be there!

For more information, call Beaumont Main Street at 409-838-2202 or visit www.dogtoberfestbeaumont.com.