'Mutt Strut' set for Jan. 30
Photo by Randy Metcalf/The Explorer Beasley, an energetic 1-year-old mixed breed rescued from the Humane Society, could be one of many canines to walk away with a prize Jan. 30 during the Mutt Strut competition. The event, which starts at 2:30 p.m., is part of the Agri-Country Bluegrass Festival at the Pinal County Fairgrounds.

Pinal County is looking for a pooch that has what it takes to “bow-wow” a crowd.

The first ever “Mutt Strut” is scheduled for this Sunday, Jan. 30, during the Agri-Country Bluegrass Festival at the Pinal County Fairgrounds, on the corner of Eleven Mile Corner Road and Highway 387. Events start at 2:30 pm. 

The categories for the contest include: longest tail, shortest tail, curliest tail, owner-dog look-alikes, biggest dog, smallest dog, longest ears, shortest ears, best trick, best costume and the audience pick for the grand prize. Mutts and purebred dogs are welcome.

“We are excited about this event,” said Fairgrounds Director Connie Lane. “The Mutt Strut is held in conjunction with the Agri-Country Bluegrass Festival that begins on Friday. This will be one of the many family-friendly events that will be held during the festival. We feature some of the best bluegrass entertainment in all of Arizona.”

To pre-register a dog in the Mutt Strut, call (520) 866-7653. Dogs also can be entered the day of the event between 1 and 2 p.m.

The entry fee for a dog can be paid in three ways: a $5 donation, two cans of dog or cat food, or a bag of kitty litter. One donation allows owners to enter a dog in as many categories as they like.

When entering, owners should bring an immunization record or current dog license for their pet. Pets will be disqualified if they exhibit any signs of aggression toward people or other animals.

Entry into the Agri-Country Bluegrass Festival is $6.  Children 12 and under may attend for free. Parking at the fairgrounds is free.

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