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PetFest 2009 raises funds for humane society
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PetFest 2009
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday
Where: The Birdhouse, 1866 Ga. 211, Braselton
How much: Free; some attractions have specific costs
More info:,, 706-658-6974 or 706-768-2002

PetFest 2009, an annual arts and crafts pet festival and family fun day, is scheduled for Saturday at The Birdhouse in Braselton, located at 1866 Ga. 211.

In its fourth year, the fundraiser for the Humane Society of Jackson County, will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Activities will include microchipping, Canine Good Citizen Testing, demonstrations, a kids area, food, live music with two bands, pet-related vendors, arts and crafts vendors and a celebrity dunking booth.

There will be a raffle and silent auction, plus door prizes, including the chance to win a one-year's supply of Natural Balance Dog Food and two Atlanta Falcons tickets plus parking. The first 300 people at the festival also will receive a free goodie bag.

The Pet Parade will kick off the pet contests at 2 p.m.

Entrants in the parade will have the opportunity to participate in the pet contest, which includes prizes for dogs and their owners who are the best in categories such as Owner & Dog Look-a-Like, Most School Spirit, Uga Look-A-Like, Best Costume, Best Kisser and Best Talker.

Games for dogs also will be available, such as Bobbing for Balls. People and pets can also have pictures made by photographer Pam Keene, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Humane Society.