Attendees will also get to enjoy the beautiful walking trails and picnic areas surrounding the park. The festival will feature a large cooling tent as well as doggie pools to keep both dogs and humans beat the heat. The event will kick off at 10:30am with a dog-friendly fun run sponsored by Dr. Kani Nicolls, around Carrier Park and will continue until 4pm with two bands, dog contests including a Weiner Dog race, "Best Heinz 57", "Most Ear- resistible" and the Fastest Dog in Asheville Competition. The Companion Dog Training School will also host an agility course and offer training tips for dog owners.
Two dog-loving bands, Xanderfly and headliner Big Daddy Love will perform on the Musician's Workshop stage. The festival would not be complete without a doggie photo booth from Flying Dogs Photography and a pretty pooch station with free nail trimming services, courtesy of the Gold Spot. Haw Creek Animal Hospital will have doctors and technicians on site at the pet first aid booth.
Local businesses will vend dog-friendly wares and products. Food will be available from The Meltdown, El Kimchi, Roly Poly, JW BBQ, and the Hop Ice Cream with local craft beer flowing from Highland Brewing. Cool water for dogs AND humans will be available courtesy of Earth Fare and McKinney Insurance Services.