The dog day of summer

The Muttzanita Festival celebrates our four-legged friends with a day full of games, demos, prizes and more.

MANZANITA — Muttzanita Festival 2018 — Manzanita’s 10th annual festival celebrating dogs — is Saturday, Sept. 8, right on the beach.

This year, the festival will be a block party on First Street, at Laneda Avenue. We will have local businesses and vendor booths, games and contests keeping festival-goers engaged during a full day of activities.

The day is packed with dog- and human-related contests and hilarious activities, demonstrations, gourmet dog biscuits, numerous vendor booths, an animal costume contest and pet parade down main street that morning.

The day’s events come to a close at 3 p.m.

The festival welcomes well-behaved dogs and cats of all sizes and shapes (and their humans) who are at least six months old and on a short leash.

Nominations for honorary “Mayor of Manzanita” are now being accepted at muttzanita.com. Voting will close at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7. The pet with the most votes wins the election. The new mayor will be sworn in at 10:15 a.m., then ride with their human in the lead car of the Pet Parade.

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