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Pups parade around downtown Gainesville
Mutts on Main set for March 26 in the square
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Carmyn Williams, 6, and Bennie Roberts, 7, hold a hula hoop as Courtney Peplin directs her 7-year-old husky mix through the hoop during last year’s Mutts on Main in Gainesville.

Mutts on Main

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 26

Where: Gainesville square

Cost: Free

More info: www.gainesville.org/main-street-gainesville/mutts-on-main

Cuddly canines of all shapes and size can strut their stuff Saturday in downtown Gainesville.

The annual Mutts on Main will once again take over a few city blocks as four-legged family members sit, stand and shake themselves into the spotlight on the square.

The free event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 26 and will focus on pet adoptions from the Hall County Animal Shelter and their foster program.

Cindy Langman, program coordinator for the Hall County Animal Shelter, said a handful of fully vetted dogs will be available for adoption that day. Some of the dogs include: a 2-year-old black-and-white terrier, a 3-month-old brown Chihuahua, two black-and-white collie mixes (one 3 years old and the other 4 months old), a 3-month-old black-and-white Labrador-hound mix and a 4 months old black, brown and white beagle mix.

Main Street Gainesville manager Regina Mansfield said those dogs will be part of the fashion show at noon.

“The two-legged models will wear clothing items from the stores downtown,” she said. “And they will walk one of the adoptable dogs across the stage.”

One hour later, pets will compete for prizes in three contests. The categories are best dressed, look-a-like and best trick.

At 2 p.m. band the Retro Rock Its will perform.

“They’ve got variety of music from rock to old school,” Mansfield said. “We are encouraging people to bring blanket and chairs and hang out with whole family including the four-legged members.”

Owners can also take their four-legged friends on the lure course, which is new this year. Located in the green space between the courthouse and the Brenau Downtown Center called Roosevelt Square, the course has a bag or cloth attached to a rope and it is taken through the course as the dogs pursue it, Mansfield said.

“But the main thing is the adoptions,” Mansfield said.

Dogs will be available for adoption at one booth while others can be vaccinated at the clinic booth.

For more information, visit www.gainesville.org/main-street-gainesville/mutts-on-main. For more information on the Hall County Animal Shelter, visit www.hallcounty.org/276/Animal-Services.

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