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This Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Carolina Beach Lake Park will be filled with furry four-legged friends as the 7th Annual Salty Paws Festival comes back to town.

Admission to the event, which benefits local animal rescues, costs $7. Children under the age of 10 get in for free. There will be live music by Jack Jack 180 and Roots United, a silent auction, a performance by the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit and food and arts and crafts vendors for the human visitors.

For the pets, there will be a “pawparazzi” photo shoot and a costume contest with a top prize of $250. There will also be lifetime microchipping offered for $30. For those looking to give a pet a forever home, there will be more than 30 rescue groups with animals available for adoption.

The event is family-friendly and pets are welcome. More information on the event can be found here.