Right at the junction of US Highway 101 and State Route 135 rests a small old-western town that may look and feel vintage, but knows how to keep its 1,890-people community active with various celebrations, fairs and shows. On Saturday, July 1, the seven-block-long town of Los Alamos continues to congregate its community by hosting its 8th-Annual Dog Races, “Bark for Books.”
Benefiting the Public Library that has served its community for over 70 years, “Bark for Books” is an annual fundraiser supporting the Friends of the Los Alamos Public Library, a local nonprofit that helps provide state-of-the-art children’s computers, printing and faxing, after-school tutoring, ancestry research, a daily newspaper, and other much-needed resources for the community.
Los Alamos invites you to bring your friends, family and pets to compete for prizes or stand in the audience and cheer for your favorite four-legged friend. Admission is free for all spectators, and is only $15 to register your pup into a race and increase your chance of taking home a prize.
Even if your dog is athletically challenged, is under 12 inches or over 26 inches, there is a race for him or her! With six different races respecting every height variation of canine, the competitions ensure that your dog has a fair chance of taking home the gold.
Pups that are athletically challenged or disabled will be entered into Race 1; pups that are 12 inches or under will be entered into Race 2; dogs that range from 13 to 17 inches tall will be entered into Race 3; 18 to 25-inch dogs will be entered into Race 4; and canines over 26 inches will be entered into Race 6.
To enter your dog into a race, come to the Ferrini Park (at the corner of Bell Street and Centennial Street in downtown Los Alamos) from 10:30 a.m. to noon for onsite registration!
At noon, the event officially begins as Third District Supervisor Joan Hartmann welcomes the community and specialty groups perform dog demonstrations. Afterwards, witness adorable pups dressed in humorous costumes such as the Incredible Hulk in the “Dogs in Costume” competition, or see them jump through hoops in the “Dog Tricks” show.
Then at 1:15 p.m, Genete Bown and her lovely Dachsund Gretta take the spotlight singing the National Anthem to begin the races!
Those who win first place will be entered into the Championship Finale from 2- 5 p.m., and the winners will be awarded at 3:30 p.m. at the Awards Ceremony. There will also be a raffle with generous gifts from local merchants, pony rides and face painting from Ponies & Paints, canine nail trimming by Dogs Unlimited, and booths selling books from local authors Petrine Mitchum, Pete Healey, R. Lawson Gamble and more!
Allow your dog to flaunt its style, tricks, or speed and support the small Central-Coast town of Los Alamos this Saturday!