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Pets in Park scheduled for first of October on Pleasure Island

The third-annual festival takes place Saturday, Oct. 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the grounds around Carolina Beach Lake. (Courtesy photo)

CAROLINA BEACH — As the dog days of summer wind down, Pleasure Island is planning a celebration of pet-centric businesses, nonprofits and rescues at its Pets in the Park event.

The third-annual festival takes place Saturday, Oct. 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the grounds around Carolina Beach Lake. Leashed, well-behaved pets are welcome and the day kicks off with DOGA — yoga with your dog — from Salty Dog Yoga and Surf.

The gates open officially at 10 a.m. at the Atlanta Avenue park entrance, and there will be food trucks from Nauti Dog and El Jefe Tacos, with beer served by Good Hops in the Beer and Bubbles Tent, and Brighter Days Coffee cart parked on site.

WWAY Anchor Jeff Rivenbark will emcee the Pet Tricks and Pet Costume Contests, with Carolina Beach Mayor Lynn Barbee and council members judging the contests.

There also will be free face-painting, a puppy kissing booth, live music by Elliot Smith, free swag, $10 professional pet photos, rescue groups Monty’s Home, Freedom Bridge and Ruffian Foundation, as well as nonprofits including paws4people, Orion’s Stars, CB Dog Park, GIO Fund and Pawsibility.

A blessing of the animals will take place from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Lawn chairs welcome and the event takes place rain or shine. 

Admission is $5 at the door (kids under 10 free) or pay in advance here. Partial proceeds will go to area nonprofits and rescues.

More information can be found here.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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