Poocha-Paw-Looza Hits Benton County

Get ready for Poocha-Paw-Looza, one of the largest hound-themed hootenannies you will ever experience. For two days—Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4—Benton County Fairgrounds will be howling with activities, demos, and educational opportunities for both people and pooches.

This pet party is absolutely loaded with fun and interesting events—some familiar, like dog agility, some rather novel, like Julie Flanery’s Musical Freestyle. Yes, it is a freestyle danceathon but rather than doing the waltz, humans and canines perform choreographed routines.

There are practical skills events like the barn hunt, truffle hunting, search and rescue and nose work, and everybody’s favorite, therapy, a.k.a. the R.E.A.D. program. Don’t get too serious because tons of fun events are also available such as: doggy parkour, Apupalyptic Flyball, trick dog programs, and Rally-FrEe, an event like Musical Freestyle but incorporating tricks on top of dance steps.

Numerous educational opportunities await as well with local organizations like Chintimini Kennel Club’s Meet the Breed, the non-profit Mary’s Peak Search and Rescue, and the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen in which well-behaved dogs can undergo a 10-step test to achieve the Good Citizen Certificate, earning them the suffix CGC after their name.

Humans can drop by the beer garden for cold beer and tasty wine during “Yappy Hour,” and grab food from the many vendors that will be present. (S)Wag Bags will be presented to the first 500 attendees, so you can bet it will be a packed two days. Grab your friends, family, and of course your barking buddies and head on down to Poocha-Paw-Looza for a fun-filled weekend.

Parking is free; tickets are $5. Children under 5 and dogs get in free. Poocha-Paw-Looza is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4 at the Benton County Fairgrounds, 110 SW 53rd Street. Everything you need to know can be found here: www.poochapawlooza.com.

 By Anthony Vitale